November 8 COVID-19 update: Tenn. Department of Health reports 3,636 cases of COVID-19, five deaths

Posted at 9:37 AM, Nov 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-08 15:10:22-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,636 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state Sunday.

Five Tennesseans were reported to have died from COVID-19 since the last update Saturday.

The total number of cases in the state since the pandemic began is 281,851 with 250,818 cases reported to be either inactive or recovered.

There has been more than 3.8 million COVID-19 tests during the pandemic.

Metro health officials reported 642 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. This is the highest number of daily new cases reported in Davidson County since mid-July, however, the high number in cases is related to a backlog of tests after TDH updated its system last weekend.

Davidson County has reported a total of 37,034 cases, 34,111 of which are now considered recovered and 2,601 remain active.

One additional coronavirus-related death was reported in Davidson County, an 83-year-old woman. The Metro Public Health Department has attributed 322 deaths to COVID-19.

Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:

New cases per 100,000 people: 47.76
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 18,090
Female: 18,621
Unknown: 323

Cases by age:

Total active cases2,601

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.