Approximately 10 Blount County residents a month are dying from the coronavirus.
Approximately 800 Blount County residents test positive for the coronavirus each month.

Deaths are up.

*** 7-day average Positivity rate is 11.4%.*** (TN County Data Snapshot)
Positivity rate preferred to be below 5%.

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,

As of October 16, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
3,001 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 186 new cases reported in the past week.

36,240 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.3% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.

1,745 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 7.1% in the past week, from 2,815 to 3,001.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 3,001 cases October 16.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 27.2% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

There are 19 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at Blount Memorial Hospital.
There are 6 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Blount Memorial Hospital currently has 16 available ICU beds.
As of Oct. 16, 2020, It appears Blount Memorial Hospital has upped the number of ICU beds from 15 to 22.

Thirty-one Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Three of these deaths occurred in the past week (10/9 thru 10/16).

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Continued...

Wed
Oct 14 2020
05:51:am

Early voting starts today for the Nov. 3 general election. Links:

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Note: Democrat Patti Young is running for Tennessee Senate District 2 as a write-in candidate. She is not listed on the ballot but you can use the write-in option to vote for her.

Approximately 10 Blount County residents a month dying from the coronavirus.
Approximately 800 Blount County residents test positive for the coronavirus each month.

Deaths up.
Hospitalizations up.

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,

As of October 9, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
2,815 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 186 new cases reported in the past week.

34,495 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.2% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.

2,278 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 7.1% in the past week, from 2,629 to 2,815.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,815 cases October 2.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 24.2% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

There are 18 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at Blount Memorial Hospital.
There are 6 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Blount Memorial Hospital currently has 9 available ICU beds.

Twenty-eight Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
One of these deaths occurred in the past week (10/2 thru 10/9).

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Continued...

Wed
Oct 7 2020
05:56:am

The good citizens of the Blount County Democratic Party got together and put up a billboard for the 2020 presidential election.

Great job, people.

It appears to be on Alcoa Highway at Maloney Road, across from the Sevier Heights Church.

Deaths up.
Hospitalizations up.
ICU bed usage up.
Tests given down.

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,

As of October 2, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
2,629 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 122 new cases reported in the past week.

32,217 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.2% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.

1,673 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 4.9% in the past week, from 2,507 to 2,629.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,629 cases October 2.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 24.2% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

There are 15 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at Blount Memorial Hospital.
There are 6 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Blount Memorial Hospital currently has 11 available ICU beds.

Twenty-seven Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Three of these deaths occurred in the past week (9/25 thru 10/2).

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Continued...

Wed
Sep 30 2020
09:03:am

Our City of Alcoa Property taxes are due Sept. 30, 2020.
I mailed our tax payment in plenty of time.
The envelope was postmarked Sept. 16, 2020.

Yesterday, Sept. 29, 2020, I received a returned envelope from the USPS saying the envelope was undeliverable.

Return to Sender
No receptacle
Unable to forward

I double checked the address and zip code. All was okay.

If the USPS cannot find the City of Alcoa Municipal Building, then how are they going to find where to send the election ballots.

UPDATE: I went in person to pay my taxes. The City of Alcoa has the entrance to their building closed. They have no notice as to where to go if you need to speak with anyone. They do have a little drop box where you can put your property tax payment.
I spoke with two women who work at the City of Alcoa. They blamed it on the post office because there was a new postal delivery person. Doesn't seem to me to be a problem of the post office. If the City of Alcoa cannot communicate where the mail is supposed to be delivered the post office cannot deliver mail.
Sheesh.
The City of Alcoa employees said they would not be charging late fees. Who knows how long they will allow for late payments. It took nearly two weeks for my payment to finally get to them, since it took a while for it to be returned to me by the post office.

Mon
Sep 28 2020
10:27:am

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of September 25, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
2,507 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 118 new cases reported in the past week.

30,544 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.2% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.

1,754 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 4% in the past week, from 2,411 to 2,507.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,507 cases September 25.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 23.0% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

There are 8 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at Blount Memorial Hospital.
There are 4 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Blount Memorial Hospital currently has 13 available ICU beds.

Twenty-four Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
One of these deaths occurred in the past week (9/18 thru 9/25).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 8/22/2020.
Zero deaths occurred in the week of 8/28/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 9/4/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 9/11/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 9/18/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Sun
Sep 20 2020
06:51:am

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of September 18, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
2,411 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 118 new cases reported in the past week.

28,790 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.4% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is less than the 8.6% of the last three weeks, (9/11 and 9/4 and 8/28) and up from 8.1% week of 8/21, 7.5% two weeks of 8/8, 7.3% week of 8/1, 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.

2,321 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 5.1% in the past week, from 2,293 to 2,411.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,411 cases September 18.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 21.6% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

There are 12 COVID-19 patients currently hospitalized at Blount Memorial Hospital.
There are 7 COVID-19 patients currently in the ICU at Blount Memorial Hospital.
Blount Memorial Hospital currently has 13 available ICU beds.

Twenty-three Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Four of these deaths occurred in the past week (9/11 thru 9/18).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 8/22/2020.
Zero deaths occurred in the week of 8/28/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 9/4/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 9/11/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Sun
Sep 13 2020
04:06:pm

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of September 11, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported
2,293 cases of the coronavirus.

There have been 182 new cases reported in the past week.

26,744 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.6% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is the same as last two weeks (9/4 and 8/28) and up from 8.1% week of 8/21, 7.5% two weeks of 8/8, 7.3% week of 8/1, 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.

2,321 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 8.6% in the past week, from 2,111 to 2,293.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,293 cases September 11.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 20.1% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Nineteen Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Two of these deaths occurred in the past week (9/4 thru 9/11).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 8/22/2020.
Zero deaths occurred in the week of 8/28/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 9/4/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Sun
Sep 6 2020
09:16:am

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of September 4, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported 2,111 cases of the coronavirus.
There have been 149 new cases reported in the past week.

24,423 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.6% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is the same as last week (8/28) and up from 8.1% week of 8/21, 7.5% two weeks of 8/8, 7.3% week of 8/1, 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.

1,598 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 7.6% in the past week, from 1,962 to 2,111.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 2,111 cases September 4.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 18.4% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Seventeen Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
None of these deaths occurred in the past week (8/28 thru 9/4).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 8/22/2020.
Zero deaths occurred in the week of 8/28/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Sun
Aug 30 2020
06:59:am

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of August 28, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported 1,962 cases of the coronavirus.
There have been 285 new cases reported in the past week.

22,825 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.6% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is up from 8.1% a week ago, 7.5% two weeks of 8/8, 7.3% week of 8/1, 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.

2,203 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 13 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 17.0% in the past week, from 1,677 to 1,962.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 1,962 cases August 28.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 17.2% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Seventeen Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Two of these deaths occurred in the past week (8/22 thru 8/28).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.
Two deaths occurred in the week of 8/22/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office reported Friday afternoon that 141 inmates at the Blount County Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19.
...
None of the employees tested positive.

Sun
Aug 23 2020
07:08:am

According to the Maryville, TN (Blount County) government reporting,
As of August 21, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported 1,677 cases of the coronavirus.
There have been 400 new cases reported in the past two weeks.

20,622 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 8.1% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is up from 7.5% two weeks ago (8/8), 7.3% week of 8/1, 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.

3,665 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 13 days.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 31.3% in the past two weeks, from 1,277 to 1,677.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 1,677 cases August 21.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 15.5% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. it is not known how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Fifteen Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Four of these deaths occurred in the past two weeks (8/8 thru 8/21).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the two weeks from 8/9 to 8/21/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

Tue
Aug 11 2020
09:28:am

Maryville’s Department of Motor Vehicles branch has been closed since Aug. 4 because of the staff shortage. It will reopen Aug. 18, if all goes well.

TDHS Communications Director Wesley Moster said that the shortage came about because of “health reasons.” He would not say whether the closing was related to COVID-19.

The article says the closest options for Blount residents who need license-related service, including reinstatements, are in West Knox County at 430 Montbrook Lane. The branches in Sevierville an Oak Ridge are also mentioned. There is an office at the Strawberry Plains branch and, according to the website, it is open.

It is recommended to make an appointment or call before going to one of the open locations.

Sun
Aug 9 2020
06:46:am

According to the Maryville Daily Times,
As of 3pm, August 8, 2020, Blount County, TN, has reported 1,277 1,089 cases of the coronavirus.
There have been 188 new cases reported in the past week.

16,957 people have been tested in Blount County.
Thus, 7.5% of people tested have tested positive for the coronavirus.
That is up from 7.3% last week (8/1), 6.2% week of 7/25, 4.7% week of 7/19 and 3.8% the week of 7/12.
1,939 people were tested for the coronavirus in the past 7 days.

The number of tests given dropped by 31% (879) in the past week.

Blount County's positive COVID-19 cases increased by 17.2% in the past week, from 1,089 to 1,277.
Blount County’s positive COVID-19 cases have risen from 106 cases on June 15 to 1,277 cases August 8.

There are approximately 133,000 people residing in Blount County, TN.
Thus, 12.7% of the people in Blount County have been tested for the coronavirus.
However, that may not be true. I don't know how tests are counted when a single person gets tested multiple times. Certain people in certain fields of work (medical, education, sports) or physical ability (nursing home residents, hospital patients) may get tested multiple times.

Eleven Blount County residents have died from the coronavirus.
Four of these deaths occurred in the past week (8/1 thru 8/8).

Three deaths occurred in the early months of the pandemic.
Three deaths occurred in the week of 7/12/2020.
One death occurred in the week of 7/19/2020.
Four deaths occurred in the week of 8/1/2020.

Be careful out there.
Wear a mask!

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