Tracking Coronavirus

The latest information on COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama

By The Chattanooga Times Free Press

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tennessee increased to 26,071 on Saturday, up 551 from Friday's total of 25,520, according to the Tennessee Department of Health's daily virus update. There have been 417 deaths from the virus statewide.

Hamilton County has 1,013 confirmed cases and has reported 19 deaths related to COVID-19, according to the Tennessee State Health Department.

In Tennessee, Bledsoe County has reported 614 cases and 1 deaths; Bradley County 184 cases and 2 deaths; Coffee County 81 cases and 0 deaths; Franklin County 54 cases and 1 deaths; Grundy County 32 cases and 1 deaths; Marion County 45 cases and 1 deaths; McMinn County 150 cases and 14 deaths; Meigs County 27 cases and 0 deaths; Polk County 21 cases and 0 deaths; and Rhea County 218 cases and 0 deaths.

In Georgia, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 51,309 on Saturday, up 688 from Friday's total of 50,621, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. There have been 2,160 deaths from the virus statewide.

In Georgia, Catoosa County has reported 152 cases and 0 deaths; Chattooga County 25 cases and 2 deaths; Dade County 41 cases and 1 deaths; Gordon County 194 cases and 16 deaths; Murray County 102 cases and 1 deaths; Walker County 189 cases and 0 deaths; and Whitfield County 461 cases and 7 deaths.

In Alabama, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 19,709 on Saturday, up 636 from Friday's total of 19,073, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. There have been 685 deaths from the virus statewide.

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How we report on coronavirus numbers

Confirmed case and mortality data only provide a snapshot of the coronavirus outbreak and shouldn't be taken as an accurate reflection of how many people are currently infected or have died due to COVID-19. That’s because those metrics are dependent on testing, and not everyone who has coronavirus or dies from it will be tested. Other metrics, such as the number of hospitalized patients and how many ventilators are available, help illustrate the severity of the pandemic.

Laboratories are required to report positive COVID-19 test results to local health departments, such as the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, as soon as results are available in order to support a rapid response. The Tennessee Department of Health, other state and county department numbers are updated at set times during the day, so there may be a lag in the reporting.

It's impossible to know how many COVID-19 tests are pending, since both public and private labs are used for testing, and providers do not report when a sample is collected. Negative results are sometimes available depending on the agency and its method of tracking COVID-19.

The Times Free Press uses numbers from credible county, state, national and international public health agency sources in our coverage of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases. The newspaper also may report on COVID-19 cases that the newspaper has independently verified in an effort to keep our readers as informed as possible.

All data are subject to variations and changes based on access, availability, methods and other factors that can affect data collection, making health data rarely perfect.

— Elizabeth Fite, health care reporter