Knox County Schools won’t close due to a set number of COVID-19 cases

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Knox Health Director repeats schools will not close due to a set variety of COVID-19 casesVincent Gabrielle and Tyler Whetstone
She referred a couple of times to the early days in the pandemic where a cluster of cases could trigger a spike in the countys numbers. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, speaks during a Knox County Commission meeting at the City County Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 6, 2019. Earlier Wednesday the Knox County Heath Department updated their benchmarks for resuming.

She referred a couple of times to the early days in the pandemic where a cluster of cases could cause a spike in the countys numbers. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox County Health Department, speaks during a Knox County Commission conference at the City County Building in Knoxville, Tennessee on Thursday, June 6, 2019.”Absenteeism and alternative teacher fill rate, for instance, Buchanan said, are a much better barometer for real time data than waiting for test results to come back.Knox County students are to return to school Aug. 17. Sevier was listed as one of the worst counties. Earlier Wednesday the Knox County Heath Department upgraded their standards for reopening.