TENNESSEE HEALTH DEPARTMENT UPDATES ABOUT COVID-19 SCENARIO

by Chhavi Madaan | 2020-07-23

The Knox County, Tennessee Health Department reported about its segregation of cases that emerged till 22 July 2020 involved 123 new cases out of which 58 were new active cases, 64 were recovered cases, and 1 death. Now, the total tally includes 1392 cases and 21 deaths. Also, yesterday was regarded as the fourth day when more than 100 COVID cases occurred.

RELATION OF BENCHMARKS AND LIGHTS
Charity Menefee, the director of the communicable and environmental disease and emergency preparedness at KCHD, announced the updates on weekly benchmarks which are as follows: –

  • RED LIGHT- It signifies a danger sign and is set with 2 benchmarks. It explains that the cases aren’t moving towards the attainment of benchmark so adjustments need to be done.
  • YELLOW LIGHT-It signifies a caution sign and is set with 2 benchmarks. It explains that the cases are moving away/ towards the attainment of the benchmark…
  • GREEN LIGHT- It signifies the attainment of benchmark and is set with 1 benchmark.

1.BENCHMARK 1- The number of new cases recorded, sustained decline, or stability of cases in fourteen days, if continue to increase gets signaled by the red light.

2.BENCHMARK 2- The community-wide sustained and increased diagnostic testing capacity with consistent or decreased test results gets signaled by yellow light.

3.BENCHMARK 3- Proper health care facilities were set to green light. Staffing was able to fulfill the needs of the department and are continuing to do so.

4.BENCHMARK 4 –Health care facilities within current or forecasted surge capabilities were set to yellow light. It was observed that till now no additional surge of capacity resources requirement has been made. An increase in the use of hospital beds, ICU beds, and ventilators was seen across the Knoxville region in the entire week.

5.BENCHMARK 5-Sustained or decreased death cases related to COVID positive or probable cases was set to red.

ABOUT EFFICIENT USE OF MASK MANDATE 

Charity Menefee answered that it is too early to study the virus incubation period and so to infer the effectiveness of mask mandate when asked about the same by the public. But, till then follow measures like face covering and 5 core actions whenever you go out in public. Lastly, she was concerned about the pandemic when it will end as it depends upon the community’s mitigation response, availability to treatment, and the finding of a vaccine.

  • REOPENING OF SCHOOLS 

Tn Department of Health is sharing data with Knox county schools and KCHD to help the schools about their reopening plans. Menefee said that going back to school as a student or as an employee is a highly challenging and difficult decision in the present scenario. Thus, suggested by saying that one should communicate with their medical providers, schools and make the best decision for their family members after going through the cases- related data.

STAY SAFE! STAY HEALTHY! STAY TUNED!

 

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