December 9 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 8,213 new cases, 62 additional deaths

Metro reports 666 new cases, 9 additional deaths
Posted at 9:36 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 15:04:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 8,213 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 422,962. Wednesday's update marks the highest number of daily new cases, breaking the record that was set on Monday.

As of December 9, 376,851 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus while 40,940 cases remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 18.15%.

Sixty-two additional people have died from COVID-19 across Tennessee. THD has attributed a total of 5,171 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,605 current COVID-19 hospitalizations, a record high.

In Davidson County, Metro health officials reported 666 new cases of COVID-19. Nine additional deaths were also reported, a 102-year-old woman, an 85-year-old woman, an 84-year-old man, an 84-year-old woman, an 81-year-old woman, a 65-year-old man, a 64-year-old man, a 59-year-old man and a 54-year-old man.

This is the second-highest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths for Davidson County. As of Wednesday, 377 people died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 390 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Davidson County has seen a total of 51,633 cases reported and 48,234 Nashvillians are now considered recovered or have an inactive case. There are 3,009 active cases county-wide.

On Wednesday, two of Metro's key metrics for reopening were listed as unsatisfactory and four are now listed as less than satisfactory.


Below is data from the Metro Public Health Department on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 65.05
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.9
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 24,865
Female: 26,347
Unknown: 421

Cases by Race:
Asian: 2.1%
Black or African American: 18.4%
Other Race: 15.6%
Pending: 8.7%
Two or More Races: 0.4%
Unknown: 13.8%
White: 40.9%

Deaths by Race:
Asian: 13
Black or African American: 129
Other: 25
White: 219
Pending: 4

Deaths by Zip Code:
37013: 49
37211: 48
37115: 35
37207: 30
37218: 12
37214: 13
37076: 14
37215: 14
37216: 13
37209: 10
37221: 11
37210: 10
37138: 10

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,009

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.