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All Knox Co. COVID-19 benchmarks red with only 25 ICU beds available in East Tenn.

All benchmarks were changed to red as cases and deaths reach record-breaking numbers.
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 3:07 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2020 at 8:47 AM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Health Department released an update on COVID-19 data benchmarks Wednesday.

All benchmarks remain red as cases and deaths reach record-breaking numbers.

On Wednesday, KCHD reported its largest one-day increase in deaths. The death toll ha now reached 234.

Due to the record increase, the benchmark for community-wide sustained reduction or stability in new cases is red.

The benchmark for community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing with a consistent turn around is now red as the number of tests conducted decreases and the turn around time significantly increases.

The benchmark for sustained or increased public health capacity is red. Officials said, a “percentage for response time isn’t available for this week, but will be updated accordingly in the future.”

KCHD reported the benchmark for healthcare system capabilities as red.

KCHD officials said ICU capacity across all 16 East Tennessee counties is at nearly 92 percent, with only 25 ICU beds available in the region. There is a total capacity of 284 ICU beds in the region. The region has 543 additional surge capacity ICU beds.

Knoxville reported eleven new deaths on Wednesday. As a result, the benchmark for sustained or decreased COVID-19 related death rate is red.

The state of Tennessee set a new record for COVID cases Wednesday with 11,410 new cases reported. Over the last seven days, Tennessee has reported 50,000 new cases.

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