Northeast Tennessee sets new record for COVID-19 infections in a month

Jonathan Roberts • Jun 26, 2020 at 10:45 AM

A large outbreak at a Unicoi County farm contributed to June setting a record for COVID-19 infections in Northeast Tennessee on Thursday, with 163 infections reported in 25 days — beating the previous record of 146 set in April.

On Thursday, the state reported 21 new cases of COVID-19 in the region: Eight each in Carter and Greene counties, three in Washington County and one each in Hawkins and Johnson counties. Carter County has seen an 83% increase in cases over the past seven days, with 19 new cases reported.

Thursday’s 21 new cases push the weekly total for the region to 45, the third-highest reported since the pandemic began. There were 67 cases reported between June 1-7 (including 39 related to the farm outbreak), and 57 reported between April 6-12. Only one other week, March 30-April 5, saw more than 40 new infections.  

Active infections in the state, which totaled 12,187 Thursday, have also reached record numbers. On Wednesday, a new record for hospitalizations was set with 50. Thursday there were 45 new hospitalizations. There have been just over 15,000 reported infections in the state in the month of June — a 65% increase. In May, there were 12,271 new infections in the state.