NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed additional COVID-19-related deaths across the state on Saturday, November 21st.
This week, November surpassed the record for new cases registered in October.
The health department reported 4,355 new cases, leading to a total of 335,887 cases in the country. Of these cases, 310,739 have been confirmed and 25,148 are likely.
TDH also confirmed nine additional deaths, leading Tennessee to a total of 4,211 deaths.
Of the confirmed positive cases, 291,819 were listed as inactive / recovered, an increase of 3,911 in the last 24 hours.
Currently, 2,060 people are hospitalized in the country.
Tennessee has processed 4,243,912 tests. The latest update added 28,004 tests to the total number of staff.
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 before Thanksgiving for 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 it in this area, to be honest, “said Beth Brown, president of the Tennessee Education Association.
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 Lee to issue a mandate for the entire country, as many hospitals are struggling to cope with the influx of sick patients.
On Monday, COVID-19 vaccine candidate Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s ongoing study. Earlier this month, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced that its own vaccine COVID-19 looks similarly effective.
Tennessee is one of four states selected for Pfizer’s U.S. 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 delay 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 events 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.
Stay tuned to News 2 for continued coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.