November 24 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,304 new cases, 73 additional deaths

Metro reports 525 new cases, ICU bed availability at 9%
Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 16:50:17-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,304 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

Tennessee has seen a total of 345,854 cases reported so far, 38,246 of which remain active. As of Tuesday, 303,234 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. THD said Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 17.99%, which is the highest on record, however, the department only reported 5,448 new tests.

Seventy-three additional deaths due to COVID-19 were reported on Tuesday. THD has attributed 4,374 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,116 current COVID-19 patients, a 44% increase since the start of the month.

Gov. Bill Lee gave an update on the pandemic on Tuesday afternoon as active cases and hospitalizations have been surging statewide.

You can watch the full update below:

Metro Public Health officials reported 525 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 43,920.

Right now, there are 3,531 active cases and 40,032 have since recovered.

No additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours. As of Tuesday, 344 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 357 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Four of Nashville's key metrics are now in the red category, including ICU bed availability, which is at 9%.

New cases per 100,000 people: 67.45
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 95 calls on Monday, November 23, 2020.

Total number of cases: 43,920
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 525

Cases by sex
Male: 21,310
Female: 22,251
Unknown: 359

Cases by age

Total active cases3,531


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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.