November 13 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,733 new cases, 64 deaths

Metro reports 299 new cases
Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 16:28:47-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,733 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 64 additional deaths were reported.

This marks the worst week of the pandemic for both new cases and new reported deaths.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 300,458. The statewide death toll has risen to 3,852. The department said the positivity rate is 14.69%.

The most recent data from TDH says there are 1,792 currently hospitalized in Tennessee with confirmed COVID cases. Another 227 are hospitalized with possible cases and are awaiting confirmation.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 299 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 39,101. Right now, there are 3,095 active cases and 35,673 have since recovered.

Health officials said one new probable death was reported in the past 24 hours, a 93-year-old woman with underlying health concerns. No additional confirmed deaths have been reported.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

As of today, 321 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 333 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

ICU bed availability increased to 9%, up from the day before when it dipped to 6%. Anything below 10% is still considered to be in the red category on Metro's metrics tracker.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 49.56
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

Total number of cases: 39,101
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 299

Metro’s COVID-19 Hotline received 309 calls on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

Cases by sex
Male: 19,026
Female: 19,737
Unknown: 338

Cases by age

Total active cases


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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.