NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Thursday, November 19.
The department reported 2,887 new cases, putting the state at 328,088 total cases, a .9% day-to-day increase since Wednesday. Of the total cases, 304,077 are confirmed and 24,011 are probable. There are currently 40,175 active cases.
Tennessee has reported more new COVID-19 cases during November than any other month. There have been 67,416 new cases reported this month, topping October’s record of 64,533.
All five of Tennessee’s record single-day increases have occurred in the last two weeks.
- 1. Nov. 16: 7,951 new cases
- 2. Nov. 9: 5,919 new cases
- 3. Nov. 15: 5,817 new cases
- 4. Nov. 7: 5,071 new cases
- 5. Nov. 14: 4,662 new cases
Tennessee’s seven-day new cases average decreased slightly to 4,480 additional cases per day, while the 14-day new cases average increased to 4,023.
Of the 328,088 cases, 171,622 are female (52%), 154,026 are male (47%), and 2,440 are pending (1%).
TDH also confirmed 80 additional deaths making Thursday the state’s second-highest single-day increase for deaths.
Out of the total positive cases, 283,785 are listed as inactive/recovered, an increase of 3,854 in the last 24 hours.
For the fourth day in a row, the state reported a new record-high number of current COVID hospitalizations. There are 2,003 people currently hospitalized in Tennessee. The number of total hospitalizations now sits at 11,422.
Tennessee has 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 state’s total with 14.3% 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.
Several Tennessee schools districts have announced early closures ahead of the Thanksgiving break due to COVID-19 cases and quarantines.
With cases on the rise, and many districts taking action, teachers demanded action from the governor.
“Having clear direction from the Governor, and the Commissioner of Health, and the Commissioner of Education to help school superintendents, directors of schools, administrators make the best possible decisions for the health safety and well-being of Tennessee students is paramount. I think we’re lacking in that area, quite frankly,” said Tennessee Education Association President Beth Brown.
In a letter to Governor Bill Lee Tuesday, Brown stated the teacher’s union needed the state to provide more protections for educators and students.
A group of Tennessee physicians on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic is urging Governor Lee to issue a state-wide mask mandate as many hospitals struggle to deal 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 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.
A report from the Associated Press Thursday stated Pfizer and BioNTech will seek emergency government approval for their coronavirus vaccine, as the U.S. aims to begin administering doses by the end of the year. Moderna is expected to file for emergency approval for its own vaccine candidate in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 in Nashville
Earlier Thursday, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an increase of 451 COVID-19 cases in Davidson County, bringing the county’s total to 42,004.
Public and private gatherings in Nashville and Davidson County will be limited to a maximum of eight people beginning the week of Thanksgiving to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
During his weekly news briefing Thursday morning, Cooper said the public health orders will be amended to restrict all gatherings to eight people, whether at a restaurant or in a backyard, starting Monday, Nov. 23.
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 Kentucky
Beginning November 20 at 5 p.m., restaurants and bars must close indoor dining. Pick-up, delivery, and outdoor service will still be allowed. Indoor venues, including event spaces and theaters, will be limited to 25 people per room. This includes funeral and wedding gatherings.
Indoor social gatherings must be limited to groups from no more than two different households, with a maximum of eight people per gathering.