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Every Tennessee county now showing 'unacceptable' rates of COVID-19 transmission

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Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-29 22:39:20-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — And then there were none.

With the latest update Friday from the Tennessee Department of Health, there are now no counties in the Volunteer State with what are considered to be acceptable rates of COVID-19 transmission.

Now, on the state's map, all 95 counties are colored orange, indicating the rate of spread in those communities is in the unacceptable range.

That means that, now, no long-term facility in the state is allowed to have visitors for their elderly and disabled residents.

Under the metric that was put in place after the virus swept through several Tennessee nursing homes, visitation is not allowed unless those counties are averaging fewer than 10 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days.

Two rural counties, Bledsoe and Morgan, were the last to drop from the list of counties where visitation was allowed.

The latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health indicates that July was the worst month of the pandemic in Tennessee.

Of the 105,959 people who have tested positive statewide, 62,450 of those confirmed cases came in July.

Of 4,661 hospitalizations for the virus, almost 2,000 of them came the same month.

Out of 1,060 deaths, 456 were reported in July.