SEVIERVILLE — The number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Sevier County continues to climb, even as active cases decline.

Over the seven-day period from Oct. 13 to Oct. 20, the state reported 12 new deaths, as the total of COVID-19 related deaths rose from 254 to 266 in the county.

At the same time, the number of active cases fell from what the state reports at 515 on Oct. 15 to 399 Wednesday — the most recent day included in the Tennessee Department of Health’s database.

The total number of Sevier County residents hospitalized due to the virus rose from 382 last week to 392 Wednesday.

The state reported 164 positive results from among 1,252 Sevier County residents tested for the week, for a positivity rate of 13.1%.

The state reported that 51.5% of Sevier County residents so far have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and 45.3% are fully vaccinated.

Covenant Health reported Friday that there were 16 confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 at LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville. It indicated 83% of those patients overall were unvaccinated, including all of the COVID patients in ICU.

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