November 10 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,979 new cases, 62 additional deaths

Metro reports 635 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:42 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 15:03:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,979 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases ever reported in the state to 289,749.

Of the total number of cases, 29,934 remain active and 256,143 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. Tuesday's rate of positive COVID-19 tests is 12.4%.

Sixty-two additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday. TDH has attributed 3,672 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, hospitals reported another record number of active COVID-19 patients with 1,634. This breaks the previous record that was set just the day before.

Metro health officials reported 635 new COVID-19 cases. While this reflects a relatively high number of new cases in a single day, the Tennessee Department of Health said a backlog of cases is being reported after a system update over a week ago.

Davidson County has reported a total of 38,010 cases, of which 34,574 residents are considered recovered from the virus and 3,112 cases remain active.

Metro reported two additional people with a confirmed COVID-19 case have died from the virus, a 67-year-old man and an 87-year-old man. Including probable and confirmed cases, Davidson County has reported 324 COVID-19 deaths.

On Tuesday, health officials released updated heatmaps showing where active cases remain by ZIP code.

Active COVID-19 cases in Davidson County by ZIP code as of November 9.

The heatmap below shows all cases reported in Davidson County by ZIP code. This includes active, recovered and deaths.

This heatmap shows active, recovered and deaths due to COVID-19 in Davidson County as of November 9.

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 48.98
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.4
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 22 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 18,537
Female: 19,144
Unknown: 329

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,112

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.