December 1 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 5,693 new cases, 36 additional deaths

Metro reports 851 new cases, 1 additional death
Posted at 9:40 AM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 15:03:09-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,693 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state's total number of cases ever reported to 380,186.

Of the total cases, 336,131 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 39,417 cases remain active. TDH reported 35,935 new tests on Tuesday with a positivity rate of 15.17%.

Thirty-six additional people have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 4,638 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported another record of patients for COVID-19 with 2,369 people being treated overnight. The number of ICU beds available dropped to a new low of 9% as cases continue to surge in the state.

Metro Health officials reported 851 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death, an 86-year-old woman. While Tuesday's update reflects the second-highest daily increase in cases for Metro Nashville, the health department also reported nearly 10,000 new tests.

Davidson County has seen a total of 47,160 cases ever reported and 43,510 people are now recovered or have an inactive case. Right now, there are 3,281 active cases in the county.

As of December 1, 356 Nashvillians have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 369 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

On Tuesday, three of Metro's key metrics for reopening were labeled as unsatisfactory and three were labeled as less than satisfactory.

The Metro Public Health Department released updated heatmaps that show the ZIP code of active cases and total cases in the county.

The latest heatmap showing active cases continues to reflect a higher concentration of cases in the downtown area as well as southeast Davidson County.

The following heatmap shows the ZIP code of every reported case in the county, including inactive and deaths.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 71.49
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.3
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 22,836
Female: 23,935
Unknown: 389

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,281

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV)and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.