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Knox County Health Department updates COVID-19 benchmarks

Knox County hit two green lights and three yellow lights for COVID-19 progress, according to KCHD data.
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Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 3:20 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 19, 2020 at 7:39 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Knox County Health Department released updated information regarding the COVID-19 benchmarks.

Knox County hit two green lights and three yellow lights for COVID-19 progress, according to KCHD data.

The updated benchmark progress is listed below:

Sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days: Yellow

Officials with the Knox Co. Health Department said the ‘Sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days’ has remained yellow.

“The lower volume of case counts that we have seen over the past 14 days is encouraging,” said Dr. Martha Buchanan.

Community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing with consistent or decreased test result: Green

Health officials said the number of tests conducted continues to trend upward and the lab turnaround time in Knox County remains consistent.

“The average turnaround time in our community is 2 days or less. This is very encouraging,” said Buchanan.

Sustained or increased public health capability: Green

Health officials said 100 percent of new case investigations have been initiated within 24 hours of notification since March 16 and 100 percent of close contact investigations have been initiated within 48 hours of notification.

Health care system capabilities remain within current and forecasted surge capacity: Yellow

Health officials said the current and forecasted surge capacity has remained positive and continue to decrease.

According to health officials, recoveries have surpassed active cases in Knox Co.

Sustained or decreased COVID-19 related death rate for identified positive of probable cases: Yellow

“As a note over the last 14 days we have had 11 deaths, the rate has decreased slightly,” said Buchanan.

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