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 20,607 on Monday, up 462 from Sunday's total of 20,145, according to the Tennessee Department of Health's daily virus update. There have been 338 deaths from the virus statewide.
In Tennessee, Bledsoe County has reported 608 cases and 1 deaths; Bradley County 98 cases and 1 deaths; Coffee County 66 cases and 0 deaths; Franklin County 46 cases and 1 deaths; Grundy County 32 cases and 1 deaths; Marion County 36 cases and 1 deaths; McMinn County 135 cases and 14 deaths; Meigs County 25 cases and 0 deaths; Polk County 14 cases and 0 deaths; and Rhea County 197 cases and 0 deaths.
In Georgia, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 43,344 on Monday, up 442 from Sunday's total of 42,902, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. There have been 1,830 deaths from the virus statewide.
In Georgia, Catoosa County has reported 101 cases and 0 deaths; Chattooga County 24 cases and 2 deaths; Dade County 27 cases and 1 deaths; Gordon County 138 cases and 15 deaths; Murray County 78 cases and 1 deaths; Walker County 94 cases and 0 deaths; and Whitfield County 283 cases and 7 deaths.
In Alabama, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 14,632 on Monday, up 154 from Sunday's total of 14,478, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. There have been 560 deaths from the virus statewide.
Hamilton County has 601 confirmed cases and has reported 14 deaths related to COVID-19, according to the Tennessee State Health Department.
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