December 3 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 93 additional deaths, highest single-day increase

Mayor Cooper says outbreak in Nashville now at 'all-time high'
Posted at 9:04 AM, Dec 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-03 15:05:20-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,967 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 388,252.

Of the total cases, 347,412 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 36,059 cases remain active. Thursday's rate of positive tests around the state is 19.99% - breaking the record that was set on Wednesday.

Ninety-three additional people have died from COVID-19, the highest single-day increase in deaths reported. TDH has attributed 4,781 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,476 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Mayor John Cooper said the COVID-19 outbreak in Davidson County is now at an "all-time high."

During a press conference on Thursday, the Metro health officials announced 810 new cases and 2 additional deaths in the county, a 60-year-old man and a 91-year-old man.

Davidson County has seen a total of 48,492 cases reported. As of December 3, 44,954 people are considered recovered from the virus as 3,164 cases remain active.

Four of Metro's key metrics for reopening are now considered unsatisfactory.

As of Thursday, 361 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 374 deaths have been attributed to the virus. Dr. Alex Jahangir, chairman of Metro's coronavirus task force, said while the mortality rate appears low, the rate for those 75 to 84 years old is 10% and for those at least 85 years old the rate is 14%.

In Middle Tennessee, only 6% of ICU beds and 11% of hospital beds remain available.

Watch the full update from the mayor's office below:

Metro did not have a COVID-19 briefing last week due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 68.89
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11.5
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 23,457
Female: 24,630
Unknown: 405

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,164

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.