December 7 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 66 additional deaths, surpassing 5,000 death mark

Record-high 8,136 new cases reported statewide
Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 15:16:37-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 66 additional COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, surpassing the 5,000 mark in total number of deaths. The state also reported a record high 8,136 new cases.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 408,730. The statewide death toll has risen to 5,009.

Currently, there are 2,529 people hospitalized across the state with confirmed cases. The state health department also reported a positivity rate of 18.68% -- the second highest of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 192 new cases, which brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 50,275. Right now, there are 3,303 active cases and 46,592 have since recovered.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours, an 82-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 367 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 380 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 64.04
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.0

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 83 calls on Sunday, December 6, 2020.

Total number of cases: 50,275
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 192

Cases by sex
Male: 24,276
Female: 25,590
Unknown: 409

Cases by age

Total active cases3,303


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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.