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Knox County Health Department moves another benchmark to ‘red’

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Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 2:30 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knox County Health Department released new data benchmarks Thursday with one category remaining at “yellow.”

Last week KCHD reported two categories at yellow. The benchmarks for community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing with consistent or decreased test result reporting turnaround time and sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days were lowered to “yellow.”

This week, the benchmarks for community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing with consistent or decreased test result reporting turnaround time is the only benchmark that remains yellow.

KCHD said the change was made due to faster testing turnaround times and lower daily case increases in recent days.

However, the benchmarks for sustained or increased public health capability and health care system capabilities remained “red” as the health department said contact tracing efforts remain difficult due to case volumes.

The benchmark for sustained reduction or stability in new cases for 14 days went back to red as cases saw a spike.

While hospitalizations remain high, hospital systems reported an increase in available ICU beds. There are currently 36 available beds in the region.

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