December 23 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 7,221 new cases, 111 deaths

Metro reports record-high 14 deaths
Posted at 9:41 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 17:00:15-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,221 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 541,240. The department said 111 additional deaths were also reported.

The state's death toll has now risen to 6,380. Hospitalizations continue to reach all-time highs, with 2,934 currently hospitalized across the state.

Right now, there are 79,274 active cases across the state. Today's percent positive is at 17.53%.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 14 new deaths, making it Davidson County's highest single-day increase in reported deaths of the pandemic.

Health officials said the 14 confirmed deaths were reported in the past 24 hours -- a 66-year-old woman with a pending medical history, along with a 93-year-old man, a 76-year-old woman, a 90-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman, an 88-year-old man, an 89-year-old woman, a 67-year-old woman, a 77-year-old woman, a 63-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman, an 81-year-old man, an 83-year-old man and a 59-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 430 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 449 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported 422 new cases of the virus, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 63,944. Right now, there are 7,239 active cases. So far, 56,256 individuals have been labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 97.9
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 16.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 366 calls on Tuesday, December 22, 2020.

Total number of cases: 63,944
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 422

Cases by sex
Male: 30,489
Female: 32,883
Unknown: 572

Cases by Race
Asian 2.0%
Black or African American 17.9%
Other Race 14.5%
Pending 8.6%
Two or More Races 0.4%
Unknown 15.5%
White 41.1%

Deaths by Race
Asian 13
Black or African American 144
Other 30
White 258
Pending 4

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 52
37211 50
37115 41
37207 33
37218 14
37214 16
37076 16
37215 17
37216 17
37209 11
37221 14
37210 12
37138 13

Cases by age

Total active cases7,239


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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.