62% of Tennessee counties have unacceptable COVID-19 transmission rates


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Health officials report 62% of Tennessee counties have an unacceptable coronavirus transmission rate.

Tennessee beat its record again on Monday for the highest daily increase of COVID-19 cases with 3,314. Studies show that Tennessee has not flattened the curve.

Data released Wednesday shows 59 of the state's 95 counties, or 62%, are "above the threshold" for acceptable rates of virus transmission. This is used the help determine if residents can visit family in long-term care facilities.

And it's not just metropolitan areas of Davidson and Shelby counties that are above the threshold.

Williamson, Rutherford, Macon, Bradley, Hardeman, Smith, Dekalb, Haywood, Shelby and Davidson counties are leading the state with a rate of average number of new COVID-19 cases at more than 30. Macon County leads the state with a rate of 80.47.

Putnam is close behind with just under rate of 30.

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