A Red Alert: Knox County sets COVID-19 benchmarks to worst since pandemic began

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – For the first time, all five benchmarks that gauge Knox County’s ability to manage an increase in COVID-19 cases while preventing transmission growth are in the red.

The Knox County Health Department uses five benchmarks to assess the local ability to manage increases in COVID-19 cases while preventing, “unobstructed growth of transmission.”

Knox County reported its biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the first time more than 400 cases had been reported in a single day since the onset of the pandemic. Seven COVID-19-related deaths in Knox County were reported on Wednesday.

According to the Knox County COVID-19 dashboard, there are only eight available Intensive Care Unit beds available in 19 regional hospitals in 19 counties included in the benchmarks. Overall non-ICU beds are currently at a 93.3% utilization rate.

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