Hamblen County confirmed  COVID cases continue to rise

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hamblen County has continued to rise, according to officials.

The State Health Department announced Monday afternoon that Hamblen County had 42 confirmed cases with 14 of those being active.

That’s an increase of 17 confirmed cases over two weeks. Two weeks ago, the county had 25 cases, eight of which were active.

The increase matches a statewide trend since Governor Bill Lee loosened efforts to “flatten the curve.”

Statewide there are 23,554 confirmed cases, an increase of 5,543 in two weeks.

Over that time period, Tennessee recoveries have slightly outpaced the increase in cases. Since Tuesday, May 19, there have been 5,678 recovered confirmed cases.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.