December 2 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,099 new cases, 50 additional deaths

Metro adds 522 new cases; ICU availability down to 5%
Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 15:14:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,099 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The department said 50 additional deaths were reported.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 384,285. The statewide death toll has risen to 4,688. The percent positive for today is 18.05% -- a record high.

Overnight numbers show there were 2,473 patients in Tennessee hospitals with confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Dec. 1. That compares to 1,465 patients on Nov. 1 and 903 patients on Oct. 1.

Earlier in the day, Metro health officials reported 522 new cases. Three additional deaths were also reported, a 50-year-old man, a 71-year-old man and a 98-year-old woman.

Davidson County has seen a total of 47,682 cases reported overall and 44,259 people are now considered recovered or have an inactive case. There are 3,051 active cases in the county currently.

As of December 2, 359 Nashvillians died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 372 deaths have been caused by COVID-19 in Davidson County.

The ICU bed capacity has dropped to a significant low of just 5% available in Middle Tennessee. Health officials said hospital bed availability has also sunk to 12% in the region.

On Wednesday two of Metro's key metrics for reopening were classified as unsatisfactory and three others are considered less than satisfactory.

Below is data from the Metro Public Health Department on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 66.31
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.2
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 5 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 23,072
Female: 24,211
Unknown: 399

Cases by Race:
Asian: 2.1%
Black or African American: 18.4%
Other Race: 16.0%
Pending: 9.1%
Two or More Races: 0.5%
Unknown: 13.2%
White: 40.5%

Deaths by Race:
Asian: 11
Black or African American: 126
Other: 24
White: 207
Pending: 4

Deaths by Zip Code:
37013: 48
37211: 47
37115: 35
37207: 28
37218: 12
37214: 12
37076: 13
37215: 13
37216: 13
37209: 10
37221: 11
37210: 10
37138: 10

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,051

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.