Roane County Executive Ron Woody said today he anticipates the mask mandate in place there for COVID-19 will not be extended past March 31 unless circumstances change.
There were reasons Woody extended the mask mandate until the end of this month, but these are the two main ones:
- Roane County continues to lead the area in positive cases per capita with a little over 11% of the population who tested positive.
- The percentage of residents that have received at least one vaccine. Roane County is only behind McMinn for the lowest vaccinations of the population.
Some good news is the Johnson and Johnson vaccine was approved Friday, and has teamed up with another medical company, Merck, to speed up production and distribution.
More good news is according to the State, Roane County now has seven sites that are eligible to receive and give the vaccine.
Woody says if you go to vaccinefinder.org you can put in your zip code for the nearest locations.
Woody said in summary:
- Positive rates are down.
- Hospitalizations and deaths are down.
- More vaccines are becoming available.
- More distribution areas are becoming available.
Roane County’s statistics:
Percentage of Positives of those tested- 13.04%
Percentage of Positives of population- 11.07%
Positivity Rate as on March 2nd- 17.24%
Total Active Cases- 153 or 3%
Total Recovered- 5,658 or 97%
Total Deaths- 96
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