NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Tuesday, November 17.
The department reported 1,841 new cases, putting the state at 320,729 total cases, a .6% day-to-day increase since Monday. Of the total cases, 298,288 are confirmed and 22,441 are probable. There are currently 40,237 active cases.
Tennessee’s seven-day new cases average decreased to 4,426 additional cases per day, while the 14-day new cases average increased to 3,884.
Of the 320,729 cases, 167,542 are female (52%), 150,674 are male (47%), and 2,513 are pending (1%).
TDH also confirmed 72 additional deaths, bringing total deaths to 3,995 statewide.
Out of the total positive cases, 276,497 are listed as inactive/recovered, an increase of 4,663 in the last 24 hours.
The state once again reported a new record-high number of current COVID hospitalizations. There are 1,929 people currently hospitalized in Tennessee, an increase of nearly 300 patients from the week prior (1,634 – 11/9). The number of total hospitalizations now sits at 11,255.
Tennessee has processed 4,153,710 tests with 3,832,981 negative results. The percentage of positive cases remains around 7.7%. Tuesday’s update added 14,098 tests to the state’s total with 13.2% percent positive cases.
The latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force says the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee over the last month “has become deeper and unyielding,” citing Halloween and “related activities” as contributors.
The information was included in a document, dated Nov. 15, obtained by ABC News. The report, which is provided to governors across the United States, suggests 47 states and the District of Columbia are in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases, including Tennessee.
On Monday, COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Moderna, said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from the company’s still ongoing study. Last week, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S.
Tennessee is one of the four states chosen for Pfizer’s U.S. COVID-19 Immunization Pilot Program.
COVID-19 in Nashville
Earlier Tuesday, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an increase of 978 COVID-19 cases in Davidson County, bringing the county’s total to 41,111. The Tennessee Department of Health reported it ran an update over the weekend to work through a backlog of cases that had recently accumulated, resulting in higher than usual case counts.
Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Adrienne Battle issued a warning Monday for parents and staff that if Nashville’s COVID-19 numbers do not improve by Thanksgiving, all Metro Schools will close and return to all-virtual learning on Nov. 30.
According to MNPS, Dr. Battle plans to make a final decision by Tuesday, Nov. 24, the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. The all-virtual learning option would last for three weeks until the start of winter holiday break on Dec. 17.
COVID-19 in Tennessee
(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )
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