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Five people who've died of coronavirus in Knox Co. were all in a high-risk group

Knox County had not reported a death caused by complications related to COVID-19 since April 8.

The five people in Knox County who have died from COVID-19 related complications were older or at risk from underlying medical conditions, according to the health department.

The county reported its fifth death on April 28. 

The previously reported victims were a 93-year-old woman, an 86-year-old woman, a man who was 63 and an 84-year-old man, according to Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director of the Knox Co. Health Department.

Those victims don't represent a "cluster" or pattern of infections, she said.

The Knox County Health Dept. said the fifth victim was an 87-year-old man.

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Buchanan said the department extends its sympathies to the families of the victims. 

Most Knox County businesses can start reopening on Friday, including restaurants, retail stores, salons and gyms.

Knox County's phased reopening plan is different from the rest of the state because the metro counties with their own health departments were able to make a local plan.

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