November 16 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 7,951 new cases, 30 additional deaths

Metro reports 590 new cases, 5 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 16:04:43-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,951 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, breaking the record for single-day new cases.

The state has reported a total of 318,888 cases, 271,864 Tennesseans are now considered recovered and 43,101 cases remain active. Monday's rate of positive tests is 13.06%.

Thirty additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday. TDH has attributed 3,923 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,810 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 590 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths.

Monday's update brings the total number of cases to 40,433. Right now, there are 3,661 active cases, and 36,427 have since recovered.

Metro officials said the have been five new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 85-year-old man, an 86-year-old man, a 69-year-old man, a 95-year-old man and a 59-year-old man, all with underlying health concerns.

As of November 16, 332 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 345 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 54.63
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 85 calls on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Total number of cases: 40,433
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 590

Cases by sex
Male: 19,663
Female: 20,426
Unknown: 344

Cases by age

Total active cases3,661


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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.