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November 18 COVID-19 update: Tennessee surpasses 4K deaths due to virus

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 15:04:07-05

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:
Male: 20,204
Female: 21,000
Unknown: 349

Cases by race:

Asian2.2%
Black of African American18.9%
Other Race 17.1%
Pending9.2%
Two or More Races0.5%
Unknown12.3%
White 39.9%

Deaths by race:

Asian11
Black or African American122
Other23
White189
Pending3

Deaths by ZIP code:

370`1347
37211 45
37115 33
3720725
3721812
3721412
3707612
3721512
3721612
3720910
3722110
3721010

Cases by age:

Unknown69
0-101,962
11-204,606
21-3012,405
31-408,221
41-505,516
51-604,242
61-702,589
71-801,210
81+733
Total41,553
Inactive/Recovered37,256
Deaths348
Total active cases3,949

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total
602,66550,698551,9678.41%


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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.

Prevention

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.