Cocke County has first official  COVID death

The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday Cocke County has registered its first confirmed COVID-19 death.

The county has had 180 confirmed cases, 91 of the patients have recovered and one has died. That means 88 currently remain ill.

Statewide, the total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 71,540 as of July 16, including 796 deaths, 3,497 hospitalizations and 41,250 recovered.