December 12 update: Worst pandemic week in Tennessee for new cases and deaths

Posted at 9:55 AM, Dec 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-12 16:49:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 6,691 additional COVID-19 cases and 73 deaths Saturday, capping off the state's worst week of the pandemic in terms of new cases and deaths.

There were 45,431 additional cases reported this week, beating the previous record set last week by over 10,000 cases.

There were 495 additional deaths reported this week, beating last week's record by about 130 deaths.

The state also reported 2,699 current hospitalizations today.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 614 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 53,723. As of Saturday, there are 3,750 active cases and 48,965 have since recovered.

There have been 49 new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.
Metro Public Health Department

Five new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 91-year-old woman, a 90-year-old woman, an 88-year-old woman, a 68-year-old man and a 67-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 386 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 399 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 78.28
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 166 calls on Friday, December 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 53,723
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 614

Cases by sex
Male: 25,830
Female: 27,452
Unknown: 441

Cases by age

Total active cases3,960