December 4 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 95 additional deaths, new single-day record

Metro reports 535 new cases, 4 additional deaths
Posted at 9:39 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:05:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,356 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 95 additional deaths were reported, a new single-day record.

With one day to go, this is now the worst week of the pandemic, in terms of new death reports.

The state's total number of cases is now at 392,608. The statewide death toll has risen to 4,876.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 535 new cases. Today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 49,027. Right now, there are 3,201 active cases and 45,448 have since recovered.

ICU bed availability was up slightly today at 8% after dipping to just 6% on Thursday. Four of Nashville's key metrics remain in the red category.

Health officials say four additional confirmed deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, a 64-year-old man with a pending medical history, along with a 59-year-old man, a 74-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 365 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 378 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 65.89
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 193 calls on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

Total number of cases: 49,027
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 535

Cases by sex
Male: 23,711
Female: 24,911
Unknown: 405

Cases by age

Total active cases3,201


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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.