Knox County Health Department talks about COVID-19 situation ahead of vacation

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 837 people in Knox County since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday. The Knox County Health Department also announced on Wednesday that two more people had died from COVID. Meanwhile, the number of active cases fell below 3,100.

KCHD’s Director of Communicable and Environmental Diseases and Emergency Preparedness explained how active cases could trend down as deaths continue to rise.

“Our numbers started to climb in July and August,” said Roberta Sturm. Sturm said they expected an increase in active cases at this time of year given the start of a new school year.

“We had a peak, I believe it was on September 7, of around 933 cases, confirmed cases, and you know since then our numbers have gone down,” she explained.

She also explained why the deaths are so far from the number of active cases. “When people become cases, it takes a while for them to get sick and recover from care, care that can last a very long time,” Sturm began. “If they die from this disease, it usually happens shortly after being diagnosed with COVID. “

Sturm said we will be in this fight for a while. She insisted that the best line of defense is the vaccine. She also said people need to prepare for the approach of the holidays.

“More families are going to be reuniting and if you have vulnerable people in your family, people with compromised immune systems, now is the best time to get vaccinated,” she said. “So you can go ahead and protect your family and protect your loved ones.” She also said another raise after the holidays was not out of the question.

Sturm encouraged all eligible people to get vaccinated. KCHD officials also want those eligible for the Pfizer recall.

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