The fall/winter surge in Covid-19 long warned by experts has arrived and Tennessee is feeling the full bore effects of the virus. The state recorded nearly 8,000 new cases in today’s data release, a record number and 30 new deaths. One of those deaths was recorded in Campbell County, the 20th so far.

Campbell County’s active case count rose to 152, up 14 from Saturday. Scott County’s numbers keep rising rapidly with now 270 active cases. Their case count has been rising by around 40 cases per day recently. Scott had recorded relatively few cases prior to the current rise. Claiborne County is at 98 active cases with Anderson leading the region with 449 active. Anderson County’s numbers are up by over 100 in the last two days. Anderson County had trailed Campbell in active cases two weeks ago.

Officials say that state hospitals are reaching near capacity and due to personnel shortages, some nursing students in the state nearing graduation have been called in to help.

In Campbell County, as we reported earlier, Jacksboro Middle School was forced to close for two weeks due to covid quarantine numbers. We have had reports from sources familiar with the situation that substitute teachers are in short supply across the district.

With Flu season also beginning, the state health department and CDC strongly recommend all citizens older than 6 months get a flu shot.