December 14 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 10,319 new cases, 79 deaths

Metro reports 1,311 new cases, highest single-day increase
Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 15:03:58-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 10,319 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases reported so far to 464,624. Monday's update reflects the second-highest daily increase in new cases.

As of Monday, 394,147 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus while 64,936 cases remain active, an all-time high. Monday's rate of positive tests is 16.46%.

Seventy-nine additional people died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 5,541 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,738 active COVID-19 patients, setting the record once again.

Metro health officials reported 1,311 new COVID-19 cases, which is the highest single-day increase in new cases for Davidson County.

The Metro Public Health Department said more than 50% of the new cases reported were among those tested on December 7, calling it a clear indication of the post-Thanksgiving surge that was predicted.

“The record number of new cases shows the impact of gatherings over Thanksgiving and how important it is for everyone to stay vigilant throughout the holiday season,” said Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of Metro’s Coronavirus Taskforce. “That means wearing your mask, practicing social distancing, refrain from large gatherings, stay home if you are ill, and get tested if you have a concern.”

Davidson County has seen a total of 55,723 cases reported so far, with 50,259 Nashvillians now considered recovered or inactive. There are 5,059 cases active in Metro Nashville, the highest number of active cases since late July.

“Limiting social contacts and wearing a mask is more critical than ever,” said Mayor John Cooper. “Please keep your distance and follow the rule of eight this holiday season.”

One additional COVID-19 death was reported, an 86-year-old man. As of Monday, 392 people have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable and confirmed cases, MPHD has attributed 405 deaths to COVID-19.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 81.22
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.0
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 26,749
Female: 28,514
Unknown: 460

Cases by age:

Total active cases5,059

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.