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Tennessee records it's second all-time record high for new COVID-19 cases in a week

Tenn. Dept. of Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/Anne M. Peterson)  --  Tennessee health officials reported another dramatic, single-day, all-time record high number of new COVID-19 infections on Monday.

The state confirmed 3314 new cases in the past 24 hours, a jump of more than 34 percent over the previous high of 2472 cases reported five days ago. That brings the total number of COVID-19 infections since the outbreak began to 65,274 cases.

Health officials also reported eight additional deaths overnight, bringing the current statewide total to 749 fatalities.

Tennessee deaths related to COVID-19 complications had remained fairly flat in spite of the rising number of new infections reported in recent weeks. That may now also be changing.

Two weeks ago the state saw 60 deaths in seven days. This past week the number of fatalities jumped just over 68 percent to 101 deaths in seven days. That’s more than double the number of fatalities reported the same week in June and nearly three times the number of deaths reported the same week in May.

Infection rates and hospitalization rates are also on the rise.

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