Dr. Martha Buchanan said authorities suspect the “underlying level” of the virus is greater than what’s reflected by current testing.
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Knox County’s health director suspects people infected with COVID-19 are skipping getting a test, resulting in the silent spread of the highly contagious virus.
Hospitalizations among residents are up to 70 – an all-time high since the pandemic broke out.
Knox County also reported three new deaths Tuesday, raising the total to 89 since March.
Dr. Martha Buchanan, Knox County Health Department director, said area hospitals are “very concerned” about the rise in hospitalizations. They confer regularly to track how the virus ebbs and flows in the community.
Buchanan said she suspects people infected or exposed to the virus just aren’t getting tested, either because they don’t want to have to isolate for an extended amount of time or don’t want to self-quarantine in case they’ve been