State's COVID-19 death toll reaches 226
May 5, 2020
By James Clark - Southern Standard
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee has tripled over the past month – and so has the death toll. As of Tuesday, there were 13,690 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state with 226 deaths. The state declared 6,356 of those patients recovered, about 46%. Nearly one month ago, on April 7, Tennessee had 4,138 confirmed coronavirus cases with 72 deaths. Warren County was sitting at two confirmed cases at that time with 157 people tested. Thanks to ramped up testing efforts, 944 residents of Warren County have now been tested, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. That includes 221 people who were tested at a special drive-thru testing site established at the Farmers Market on Sunday. Gov. Bill Lee says more than 23,000 Tennesseans have received a free COVID-19 test at 67 drive-thru sites over the past three weekends. Testing is free and available for all Tennesseans, regardless of whether they are showing symptoms. “Testing remains one of the most important tools for gaining more information in our fight against COVID-19, and the 23,000 tests we’ve completed over the last three weekends have provided incredibly valuable data,” said Gov. Lee. “We’re grateful to the thousands who came out to receive a test this weekend and we continue to remind Tennesseans when in doubt, get a test.” The Tennessee National Guard supported Tennessee Department of Health personnel at 16 sites across the state over the weekend where 5,153 Tennesseans received a free COVID-19 test. Eight sites were operated Saturday with 2,733 individuals tested. There were another eight sites on Sunday with 2,420 individuals tested. Hamilton County operated its site both days and tested 1,168 individuals for COVID-19.