This story was updated at 5:06 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2020, with more information.
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There are 30 cases of COVID-19 in Hamilton County, resulting in 13 hospitalized patients, according to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department late Thursday.
Less than two weeks after the first local case was identified, numbers of tests and cases rose each of the last three days, jumping from 8 to 30 confirmed cases of the virus which claimed two lives within county hospitals on Wednesday.
The uptick reflects swabs taken an estimated 7-10 days ago, according to the county, but there is no estimate on how many other tests are pending as public and private labs face backlogs of untested swabs across the region and country.
While the health department has not released any information where in the county the cases are located or how many of the cases were in contact with one another versus how many caught the illness by way of community spread, the department has been rolling out demographic information since Tuesday and included details of patient status for the first time in a release later Thursday.
Below is a breakdown of the gender, age, race and status of each of the known cases, per the health department. The number of deaths reflects both a Hamilton County resident who died this week and is reported by the department, and a non-resident who died in a Hamilton County hospital, but is not reported by the health department because they are not a citizen.
18-49 years: 12
50-64 years: 5
65+ years: 13
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