December 29 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,797 new cases, 122 additional deaths

Metro reports 365 new cases, 6 additional deaths
Posted at 10:18 AM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 15:36:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,797 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases reported to 572,589.

As of December 29, 493,743 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus while 72,136 cases remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 22.57%.

One hundred twenty-two additional Tennesseans have died from the virus. TDH has attributed 6,710 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 3,060 active COVID-19 patients, the first time since the pandemic began for it to reach above 3,000.

In Davidson County, Metro health officials reported 365 new cases. So far Davidson County has reported a total of 67,281 with 59,949 of those cases now recovered. As of Tuesday, 6,867 cases remain active.

Six additional people have died after a confirmed COVID-19 case, an 85-year-old man, a 75-year-old man, a 68-year-old woman, a 63-year-old man, a 58-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man. The Metro Public Health Department said in total 465 people in Davidson County have died from COVID-19.

Below is data on cases in Davidson County released by MPHD.

New cases per 100,000 people: 96.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.5
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 32,042
Female: 34,639
Unknown: 600

Cases by age:

Total active cases6,867

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.