November 20 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,444 new cases, 74 deaths

Metro reports 258 new cases, 3 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 15:26:16-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,444 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 74 additional deaths were reported. This marks the deadliest week of the pandemic.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 331,532. The statewide death toll has risen to 4,202.

Tennessee also continues to set new records for COVID hospitalizations, with 2,035 currently hospitalized across the state.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 258 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 42,262. Right now, there are 3,537 active cases and 38,372 have since recovered.

Health officials said three additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours -- a 73-year-old man, a 90-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 340 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 353 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 54.24
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The COVID-19 Hotline received 314 calls on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Total number of cases: 42,262
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 258

Cases by sex
Male: 20,532
Female: 21,380
Unknown: 350

Cases by age

Total active cases3,537


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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.