NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 53 additional COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, causing the state to surpass 4,000 deaths.
As of Wednesday, 4,048 Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. The state surpassed 3,000 deaths less than four weeks ago on October 22. Deaths are attributed to COVID-19 only if what actually caused the person to die was COVID-19.
Hospitalizations for the virus continue to surge in Tennessee. The state has topped its record for active COVID-19 patients consistently over the last month and the number of active patients has nearly doubled in six weeks.
Hospitals statewide reported 1,982 active COVID-19 patients overnight.
On Wednesday, TDH reported 4,472 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number to 325,201. While 279,931 Tennesseans are now considered recovered, 41,222 cases remain active, a figure that has also doubled in the last month. Wednesday’s rate of positive COVID-19 tests is 17.12% - the highest rate for a single day recorded.
In Davidson County, Metro health officials reported 142 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths, an 81-year-old woman and an 80-year-old man.
Wednesday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases reported to 41,553. Right now, there are 3,949 active cases and 37,256 people are considered recovered from the virus.
Metro officials said 335 people with a confirmed case have died. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 348 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
Below is data from the Metro Public Health Department on Davidson County's cases:
New cases per 100,000 people: 59.92
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.0
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent
Cases by sex:
Cases by race:
|Black of African American||18.9%|
|Two or More Races||0.5%|
Deaths by race:
|Black or African American||122|
Deaths by ZIP code:
Cases by age:
|Total active cases||3,949|
|Total number of tests conducted||Total positive/probable results||Total negative results||Positive results as percentage of total|
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COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES IN TENNESSEE
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.