Bedford County leads state in coronavirus increase
April 23, 2020
By TERENCE CORRIGAN - Times-Gazette reporter in Shelbyville, TN
The number of cases of COVID-19 is growing faster in Bedford County than in any other county in Tennessee. Every four days the number doubles in Bedford County, according to a report in The New York Times that lists the figures for every county in the U.S. (To see the report go to www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html?referringSource=ar...) After the results started coming in from the drive-through testing in Shelbyville on Saturday (April 18) the number of people who tested positive for the virus jumped from 76 prior to the weekend testing to 105 in Tuesday’s report. (By Wednesday the positive count in Bedford County had gone up to 117.) The number of tests rose from 503 to 820 following the Saturday testing indicated that around 317 tests were done at the one-day weekend event. The number that tested negative went from 427 prior to the Saturday session to 715 on April 21. High numbers According to Metro Public Health in Nashville, an estimated 90 workers at the Tyson processing plant in Goodlettsville have contracted COVID-19. According to unconfirmed reports, from dozens of Tyson employees, some 50 employees of Tyson Foods in Shelbyville have tested positive for the virus. Tyson spokesman, Spark Worthman, was asked to confirm that number Tuesday but he declined to comment, writing “Since this is an ever-changing situation, we’re not sharing specific numbers.” Statewide the number of tests rose from 100,689 to 108,182 from April 20 to April 21 The number of people who tested positive for the viral infection rose from 7,238 to 7,394 from the April 20 report to the April 21 report and the number of deaths went from 152 to 157. The first case of COVID-19 in Tennessee was discovered on February 26. In the 57 days since the number has grown to 7,394, an average increase of around 130 per day.