December 30 COVID-19 update: TDH reports Metro reports second-highest COVID-19 positivity rate

Posted at 9:39 AM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 15:12:30-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported a 23.68% positive rate for COVID-19 - the second-highest positive rate since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Wednesday, health officials reported an increase of 8,220 positive cases bringing the total case count to 580,809 as of December 30, 2020. That total includes 6,810 deaths, 3,212 current hospitalizations and 501,691 inactive/recovered patients.

Metro health officials reported 363 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. Eight additional deaths were also reported, a 92-year-old woman, a 78-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man, a 73-year-old woman, a 64-year-old man, a 60-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man.

So far, Davidson County has reported a total of 67,644 cases, 60,759 of which are now considered recovered or inactive. As of December 30, there are 6,412 active cases in Metro Nashville.

The Metro Public Health Department said 451 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 473 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

As of Wednesday, two of Metro's key metrics for reopening are considered unsatisfactory while three are considered less than satisfactory. To learn more about Metro's key metrics, click here.


Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:

New cases per 100,000 people: 89.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.7
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 32,201
Female: 34,838
Unknown: 605

Cases by Race:
Asian: 2.0%
Black or African American: 17.9%
Other Race: 14.3%
Pending: 8.4%
Two or More Races: 0.4%
Unknown: 15.1%
White: 42.0%

Deaths by Race:
Asian: 13
Black or African American: 153
Other: 31
White: 271
Pending: 5

Deaths by ZIP Code:
37013: 52
37211: 51
37115: 42
37207: 34
37215: 17
37216: 17
37076: 17
37221: 14
37214: 16
37218: 14
37210: 12
37209: 12
37138: 13
37072: 10

Cases by age:

Total active cases6,412

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.