COVID case count at lowest point since  early days of outbreak

New cases of COVID-19 are at a low in Hamblen County since the pandemic first started more than a year ago in March 2020.

Records show that there have not been any new positive cases in the county since last Wednesday.

Positive cases have been in the single digits for more than a month.

These are the lowest case counts since the pandemic began and drastically lower than the December surge when the county averaged more than 130 new cases a day during its peak.

To maintain the low case counts, the Hamblen County Health Department is still trying to vaccinate as many people as possible who would like to get vaccinated.

They will be holding two vaccination events this week off site from the health department.

The health department will be conducting drive-through vaccinations from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on West Andrew Johnson Highway.

Health officials will be administering either first or second doses.

The health department is also planning to be conducting vaccinations at the Juneteenth festival this Saturday.

Countywide, 30.8% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and 27.5% have been fully vaccinated.

Statewide, 40% of Tennessee’s population have received at least one dose and 35% are fully vaccinated.

In surrounding counties, the figures are higher. Jefferson County has recorded 39% with at least one dose and 35% fully vaccinated, Cocke County has 38% with at least one dose and 35% fully vaccinated, Hawkins County has 33% with one dose and 29% fully vaccinated, Greene has 35% of its residents with one dose and 31% fully vaccinated and, finally, Grainger has 37% with one dose and 35% fully vaccinated.