EDITOR’S NOTE: No updated information was available regarding COVID-19 on Wednesday. The following was posted on the health department’s Website: January 5, 2022 – Due to technical issues, the Health Department is unable to post any COVID-19 data today. Updates will resume tomorrow.
On Tuesday, Hamilton County set a record for single-day COVID-19 cases.
According to the Hamilton County Health Department, 1,014 cases were reported on Jan. 4. That figure surpassed the previous record of 948 set last week on Dec. 29.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 73,041 cases have been reported in the county, claiming 782 lives.
There were 156 people hospitalized for COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of those, 39 are in Intensive Care Units. There are currently 5,117 active cases across the county.
In East Ridge, the health department reports 4,332 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The most recent statistics available (Dec. 16) showed 62 active cases in East Ridge.
According to the state health department, Tennessee’s weekly positivity rate for the virus rose to 34 percent, 10 percent higher than the peaks of prior surges. Tennessee is now averaging more than 10,000 infections every day, a high for the pandemic. State health officials said that number does not include an unknown number of at-home positive tests that are never reported to health officials.
The New York Times reported 547,613 COVID-19 cases across the United States on Jan. 4, a 254 percent increase over the last two weeks. However, the number of deaths decreased by three percent over the same time period.