SEVIERVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Health reported nine deaths from COVID-19 among Sevier County residents Tuesday, the largest total so far.

The total marked a 10% increase in the county’s total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic started, and left it one short of reaching triple digits at 99.

The state also reported eight new hospitalizations among Sevier County residents Tuesday.

It is not clear how many Sevier County residents are hospitalized at a given time due to the virus; the state only releases a daily total of new hospitalizations and the total since the pandemic started, which is now 196.

The county had 1,123 active cases of the virus, after that total fell by 77 Tuesday.

There were 38 new positive tests returned Tuesday from 207 tests, for a positivity rate of 18%.

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