December 22 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 133 deaths, second highest increase

Metro reports 1,015 new cases, 5 deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 17:50:30-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 133 additional COVID-19-related deaths on Tuesday, making it the second highest single-day increase.

The department also reported 4,441 new cases, bringing the state's total number of cases to 534,019. The statewide death toll has risen to 6,269.

There are now 2,888 hospitalized across the state with confirmed cases. The positivity rate for today is 19.63%.

During an update on Tuesday, TDOH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said hospital capacity numbers remain "relatively stable" overall. However, what has changed is the percentage of patients in hospitals that are COVID-related. Coronavirus patients now account for 26.6% of all in-patient beds and 47% of ICU beds statewide.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 1,015 new cases, bringing the number of active cases to 7,668. Five additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 63,522. Of those, 55,419 are considered recovered/inactive.

Health officials said there have been five new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 80-year-old woman, a 93-year-old man and an 82-year-old man with pending medical histories, along with a 75-year-old woman and a 92-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

No new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

As of today, 416 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 435 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 102.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 16.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 110 calls on Monday, December 21, 2020.

Total number of cases: 63,522
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 1,015

Cases by sex
Male: 30,321
Female: 32,633
Unknown: 568

Cases by age

Total active cases7,668


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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.