Nov. 19 COVID-19 update: November now the worst month for new COVID-19 cases in Tenn.

Metro reports 451 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:19 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:53:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,887 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 328,088.

Thursday's new case update also brings the total number of new cases reported in November to 67,416, which surpasses the number of cases in the entire month of October and makes this month the worst in terms of new cases.

Of the total number of cases, 283,785 Tennesseans are considered recovered from the virus and 40,175 cases remain active. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 14.31%.

Eighty additional COVID-19 deaths were reported Thursday, the second-highest reported in a single day. TDH has attributed 4,128 deaths to COVID-19.

Overnight, active hospitalizations crossed the 2,000 mark across the state, yet again setting the record.

Metro Health officials reported 451 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

Thursday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 42,004. Right now, there are 3,799 active cases and 37,855 have since recovered.

Health officials said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, an 80-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 337 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 350 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Watch Metro's full COVID-19 briefing below:

New cases per 100,000 people: 57.99
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 333 calls on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

Total number of cases: 42,004
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 451

Cases by sex
Male: 20,421
Female: 21,236
Unknown: 347

Cases by age

Total active cases3,799


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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.