December 11 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 7,289 new cases, 87 deaths

Metro reports 630 new cases, 1 additional death
Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 16:23:18-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,289 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 87 additional deaths were reported. With one day still to go, this marks another worst week of the pandemic in terms of new cases and new reported deaths.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 436,262. The statewide death toll has now risen to 5,327 -- the state surpassed the 5,000 death mark on Monday.

This week is officially the worst week of the pandemic in terms of new cases and new deaths reported, even with one more day to go.

Additionally, this was a record-high week for new cases among school-aged children.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 630 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 53,109. Right now, there are 3,750 active cases and 48,965 have since recovered.

Health officials said one new confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 50-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 381 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 394 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 68.20
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 199 calls on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Total number of cases: 53,109
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 630

Cases by sex
Male: 25,546
Female: 27,124
Unknown: 439

Cases by age

Total active cases3,750


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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.