Nov. 17 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,841 new cases, 72 additional deaths

Metro reports 978 new cases, says backlog contributed to higher case count
Posted at 9:39 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 16:50:47-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,841 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases to 320,729.

Of the total number of cases, 276,497 Tennesseans are considered recovered and 40,237 cases remain active.

Seventy-two additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday. TDH has attributed 3,995 deaths to COVID-19.

Metro Public Health officials reported 978 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department said the higher than usual case count is due to an update over the weekend by the Tennessee Department of Health to work through a backlog of cases that had recently accumulated.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,929 active COVID-19 patients overnight, topping the record yet again. The number of hospitalized Tennesseans for the virus has nearly doubled in the last six weeks and the latest update is up almost 300 patients from the week prior.

Gov. Bill Lee gave an update on the COVID-19 crisis in the state as active cases and hospitalizations are surging. During the press conference, he urged Tennesseans to make wise decisions ahead of the holidays in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.

Watch the full update below:

Tuesday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 41,411. Right now, there are 4,135 active cases and 36,930 are considered to have recovered.

Metro officials said one additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 92-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of November 17, 333 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 346 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 64.96
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 73 calls on Monday, November 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 41,411
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 978

Cases by sex
Male: 20,138
Female: 20,922
Unknown: 351

Cases by age

Total active cases4,135


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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.