NASHVILLE, Tennessee. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Friday, November 20th.
The health department reported 3,444 new cases, leading to a total of 331,532 cases. Of these cases, 306,892 have been confirmed and 24,640 are likely.
TDH also confirmed 74 additional deaths, bringing Tennessee to 4,202 deaths.
With 74 deaths reported on Friday, this week saw the highest number of deaths since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 325 deaths. November is also the second deadliest month for Tennessee with 849 deaths. October remains the deadliest month with 899 deaths.
The 74 deaths reported on Friday are the fifth highest deaths ever reported in Tennessee:
- November 11 – 89 deaths
- November 19 – 80 deaths
- October 30 – 78 deaths
- November 3 – 75 deaths
- November 20 – 74 deaths
Of the confirmed positive cases, 287,908 were listed as inactive / recovered, an increase of 4,123 in the last 24 hours.
Currently, 2,035 people are hospitalized in the country.
Tennessee has processed 4,215,908 tests. The latest update added 21,287 tests to the total number of states.
Tennessee reported more new cases of COVID-19 in November than any other month, surpassing 64,533 new cases reported in October.
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 vaccine COVID-19 looks similarly effective.
Tennessee is one of four states selected for Pfizer’s US COVID-19 immunization program.
Pfizer and BioNTech will seek urgent government approval for their coronavirus vaccine as the United States seeks to start administering doses 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
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, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said public health orders would be amended to limit all gatherings 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.