November 21 COVID-19 update: Tennessee's worst week for new cases, deaths

Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-21 15:12:44-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — This week marked Tennessee's worst during the pandemic so far, in terms of new cases and deaths. The state reported 30,767 additional cases and 334 additional deaths this week.

Today's report consisted of 4,355 new cases and 9 new deaths in the last 24 hours.

The total COVID case count is now at 4,355 , including 4,211 deaths.

The state also reported 2,060 current hospitalizations hospitalizations.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials have reported 342 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 42,604.

There have been 53 new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.
Metro Public Health Department

Right now, there are 3,423 active cases and 38,825 have since recovered.

Health officials said three additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours: a 57-year-old man, an 89-year-old man and a 75-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 343 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: 50.44
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 368 calls on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Total number of cases: 42,604
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 342

Cases by sex
Male: 20,696
Female: 21,556
Unknown: 352

Cases by age

Total active cases3,423


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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.