NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed additional COVID-19-related deaths in the state on Thursday, November 19th.
The department reported 2,887 new cases, with a total of 328,088 cases, up 0.9% from Wednesday. Of the total cases, 304,077 have been confirmed and 24,011 are probable. There are currently 40,175 active cases.
Tennessee reported more new cases of COVID-19 in November than any other month. 67,416 new cases were reported this month, beating the October record of 64,533.
All five of Tennessee’s record one-day increases have occurred in the past two weeks.
- 2. November 9: 5919 new cases
- 3. November 15: 5,817 new cases
- 4. November 7: 5,071 new cases
- 5. November 14: 4662 new cases
New seven-day cases in Tennessee decreased slightly to 4,480 additional cases per day, while 14-day new cases increased to 4,023.
Out of 328,088 cases, 171,622 are women (52%), 154,026 are men (47%) and 2,440 are pending (1%).
TDH also confirmed 80 additional deaths, making it the second-largest one-day increase in deaths in the state on Thursday.
Of the total positive cases, 283,785 were reported as inactive / recovered, an increase of 3,854 in the last 24 hours.
For the fourth day in a row, the state announced a new record number of ongoing COVID hospitalizations. Currently, 2,003 people are hospitalized in Tennessee. The total number of hospitalizations is currently 11,422.
Tennessee processed 4,194,621 tests with 3,866,533 negative results. The percentage of positive cases remains around 7.8%. Thursday’s update added 16,937 tests to the total number of staff with 14.3% positive cases.
The release of Thursday’s update was delayed, a statement from TDH announced earlier in the afternoon. The delay lasted until the afternoon.
A recent report by the White House Coronavirus Working Group said the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee over the past month had “become deeper and more relentless,” citing Halloween and “related activities” as collaborators.
The information is included in a November 15 document received from ABC News. The report, which is being released to US governors, suggests that 47 states and the District of Columbia are in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases, including Tennessee.
Several schools in Tennessee have announced early closure for Thanksgiving due to COVID-19 cases and quarantines.
As the number of cases increased and action was taken in many areas, teachers demanded action from the governor.
“Having clear guidance from the governor, health commissioner and education commissioner to help school supervisors, school principals, administrators make the best possible decisions about the health and well-being of Tennessee students is paramount. I think we miss this area, to be honest, “said Tennessee President of the Education Association Beth Brown.
In a letter to Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday, Brown said the teachers’ union needed the state to provide more protection for teachers and students.
A group of doctors from Tennessee on the fronts of the COVID-19 pandemic are urging Governor Li to issue a mandate for the entire country, as many hospitals are struggling with the influx of sick patients.
On Monday, COVID-19 vaccine candidate Moderna said its vaccine appeared to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s ongoing study. Last week, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced that its own COVID-19 vaccine looks similarly effective – news that puts the two companies on track to seek a permit within weeks for emergency use in the US
Tennessee is one of four states selected for Pfizer’s US COVID-19 immunization program.
An Associated Press report Thursday said Pfizer and BioNTech would seek urgent government approval for their coronavirus vaccine as the United States seeks to begin dosing by the end of the year. Moderna is expected to apply for emergency approval for its own vaccine candidate in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 in Nashville
Earlier on Thursday, Metro Public Health officials announced a 451 increase in COVID-19 cases in Davidson County, bringing the total to 42,004.
Public and private gatherings in Nashville and Davidson counties will be limited to a maximum of eight people, starting Thanksgiving week, to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
During his weekly news briefing Thursday morning, Cooper said public health orders would be amended to limit all meetings to eight people, whether in a restaurant or in the backyard, from Monday, November 23rd.
Nashville Metro Public School Director Dr. Adrienne Beat issued a warning on Monday to parents and staff that if COVID-19 numbers in Nashville do not improve by Thanksgiving, all Metro schools will close and return to fully virtual training on November 30.
According to MNPS, Dr. Battle plans to make a final decision by Tuesday, November 24, the last school day before Thanksgiving. The virtual training option will last for three weeks until the beginning of the winter vacation on December 17.
COVID-19 in Kentucky
Kentucky Gov. Andy Bashir announced new restrictions on COVID-19 on Wednesday, which will take effect nationwide this week.
From 20 November at 17:00, restaurants and bars must close indoor dining establishments. Pickup, delivery and outdoor service will still be allowed. Indoor seats, including space for events and theaters, will be limited to 25 people per room. This includes funeral and wedding gatherings.
Internal social gatherings should be limited to groups of no more than two different households, with a maximum of eight people per gathering.
Stay tuned to News 2 for continued coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.