Tenn. COVID-19 case counts up again among school children, all residents
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The number of new COVID-19 cases in Tennessee headed higher again this past week after falling for six weeks.
The number of confirmed infections among all state residents peaked in late July at more than 17,000 cases in a single week. The seven day count fell to just over 8500 cases two weeks ago.
But during this past week confirmed infections statewide turned higher, jumping by more than 23 percent.
During the week ending Saturday, state health officials reported two days with new cases totaling more than 2400 infections each. You have to go all the way back to early August to see spikes in case counts that high.
INFECTIONS AMONG SCHOOL CHILDREN ALSO UP
The number of new COVID-19 infections among Tennessee’s school age children has also ticked up again after falling steadily since the school year began.
The total number of cases among children peaked in early August at nearly 1900 infections. The seven day count fell to roughly 1200 cases two weeks ago, then rose again last week.
The story is mixed in the mid-state’s three largest school systems.
New infections among Rutherford County children ages 5 to 18 have remained flat several weeks running. Williamson County’s school age COVID-19 cases have risen three out of the last four weeks. Metro Nashville case counts have fallen sharply since the school year began.