We can focus on just the last eight weeks, as some past peaks may obscure local dynamics otherwise.

We can also look at deaths per day, though this lags infections by weeks:

Covid deaths per day

The Knox County Health Department puts out information on hospital capacity in their region, which is Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Cumberland, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Polk, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Washington Counties; there are 19 hospitals in this region with potential ICU beds.