November 9 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 5,919 new cases, 15 more deaths

Metro reports 341 new cases, ICU bed availability at 10%
Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 15:11:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,919 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The department said 15 additional deaths were reported.

The state said the high number of new cases is due to the backlog associated with the surveillance system upgrade last weekend.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 287,770. The statewide death toll has risen to 3,610. Tennessee has 31,645 active cases.

According to the department, 1,543 are currently hospitalized across the state.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 341 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 37,375. No additional deaths were reported.

Right now, there are 2,818 active cases and 34,235 have since recovered.

As of Monday, 311 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 322 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 46.31
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 60 calls on Sunday, November 8, 2020.

Total number of cases: 37,375
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 341

Cases by sex
Male: 18,255
Female: 18,795
Unknown: 325

Cases by age

Total active cases2,818


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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.