Hamblen County officially crossed the 100 COVID-19 death plateau Tuesday, according to the state of Tennessee.
Since the first COVID-19 death was reported in the Spring, 102 Hamblen County citizens have succumbed to the virus, state officials said. Currently, that is the second most deaths in the Lakeway Area as Green County has lost 105 citizens.
Greene County also has the most active cases currently with 836. As of Tuesday afternoon, Hamblen County had 809 active cases.
The news comes as vaccine rollout is ramping up in the county. The Hamblen County Health Department continues its vaccination schedule and is approaching the time for those who received the first doses of vaccine to get their second inoculation.
For the vaccine to be fully effective, patients need two doses spread a month apart.
Covenant Health officials also announced that as hospitals such as Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System finish inoculating staff members, they can begin administering vaccine to members of the general public. The state has set up county-specific online reservation systems so those who are in the current approved group can get signed up for the vaccine.
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