As of Sunday night, more than 43,000 Tennessee residents tested negative for COVID-19, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website.
These numbers run in stark contrast to media accounts that focus only on how many people tested positive for the coronavirus.
Lab work for more than 7,500 people in Davidson County who got tested came back negative. More than 1,200 people tested negative in Hamilton County, while nearly 2,200 Knox County residents tested negative. Meanwhile, nearly 6,000 people tested negative for the coronavirus in Shelby County, according to the TDH’s website.
The results of more than 9,000 additional tests were pending as of Sunday night, according to the TDH.
As for confirmed COVID-19 cases, TDH officials tallied that number at 5,308 Sunday. Tennessee had 101 deaths as of Sunday night. Shelby County continued to have the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases, a total of 1,215. Davidson County still ranked second, with 1,178 confirmed cases.
Crockett, Hancock, Lake, Moore, Pickett, Rhea, and Van Buren counties continued to have zero confirmed cases of coronavirus as of Sunday, the TDH said. As The Tennessee Star reported Sunday, these seven counties are rural and have small populations. According to the most recent numbers available through the U.S. Census, Rhea County has slightly more than 33,000 residents. Crockett County, meanwhile, has slightly more than 14,000 residents. Hancock, Lake, Moore, Pickett, and Van Buren counties have fewer than 7,100 people.
The COVID Tracking Project reported Sunday night that Tennessee hospitals had admitted 567 people who tested positive for the virus.
The COVID Tracking Project obtains, organizes, and publishes high-quality data required to understand and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, its website states. Members of The COVID Tracking Project say they will continue to work until official national sources take over and publish comprehensive testing and outcomes data. They said all of their information comes from public health authorities – or, occasionally, from news reports, official press conferences, or, occasionally, tweets or Facebook updates from state public health authorities or governors.
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