COVID-19 in Tennessee: Record-high 100 new deaths, 6,019 cases reported on Dec. 8

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Tuesday, December 8.

The department reported 6,019 new cases, putting the state at 414,749 total cases, a 1.5% day-to-day increase since Monday. Of the total cases, 378,656 are confirmed and 36,093 are probable. There are currently 38,477 active cases.

Tuesday’s new cases update ranks as Tennessee’s fifth-highest single-day increase. The state reported a new record-high increase of 8,136 cases on Monday.

  • 1. Dec. 7: 8,136 new cases
  • 2. Nov. 30: 7,975 new cases
  • 3. Nov. 16: 7,951 new cases
  • 4. Nov. 28: 6,750 new cases
  • 5. Dec. 8: 6,019 new cases

Tennessee’s seven-day new cases average increased slightly to 4,938 additional cases per day, while the 14-day new cases average rose to 4,921.

Of the 414,749 cases, 218,295 are female (53%), 193,169 are male (47%), and 3,285 are pending (1%).

TDH confirmed 100 additional deaths, bringing the state up to 5,109 total deaths. Tuesday’s update marks a record-high single-day increase for the state, surpassing the previous record of 95 deaths reported on December 4.

Tennessee’s top five single-day increases have all been within the last month, with the top three occurring in the first few days of December.

  • 1. Dec. 8: 100 deaths
  • 2. Dec. 4: 95 deaths
  • 3. Dec. 3: 93 deaths
  • 4. Nov. 25: 92 deaths
  • 5. Nov. 11: 89 deaths

The state has reported an average of 63 deaths per day during the month of December. As of Tuesday, Tennessee has reported 507 deaths this month, ranking higher than the total deaths reported in March (23), April (176), May (165), June (240), and July (456).

Out of the total positive cases, 371,163 are listed as inactive/recovered, an increase of 8,345 in the last 24 hours. Outside of the September 3 update when the health department announced changes in data reporting, Tuesday’s update ranks as the state’s highest increase in inactive/recovered cases.

The state once again reported a new record-high for current COVID hospitalizations. There are 2,566 people currently hospitalized in Tennessee. The number of total COVID hospitalizations now sits at 12,777.

Tennessee has processed 4,729,118 tests with 4,314,369 negative results. The percentage of positive cases increased to 8.8%. Tuesday’s update added 30,659 tests to the state’s total with 18.47% percent positive cases.

Since the early days of the pandemic, Unacast’s Social Distancing Scoreboard has given insight into how well communities are social distancing through the use of cellphone GPS data.

The Scoreboard assigns grades for states, counties, and cities across the country, indicating how well that particular region maintains the recommended six feet of distance. Currently, the grade for Tennessee is an ‘F.’

In the last of couple weeks, hospitals across the country started seeing the highest number of COVID-19 patients since the pandemic started and they’re expecting it to get much worse with a surge from the Thanksgiving holiday.

Rural Tennessee hospitals are facing the biggest struggle, many of them calling medical centers in other counties and even states to help with their patients.

Getting COVID-19 vaccines to Tennesseans ‘is changing every minute,’ but vaccines are coming to the state ‘within weeks’ said Governor Bill Lee. Last week, Lee told The Associated Press that he was willing to have the vaccination after he took part in a roundtable discussion with Vice President Mike Pence, FedEx Corp. Chairman and CEO Fred Smith, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and others in Memphis.

A COVID-19 vaccination plan released by the Department of Health indicates Tennessee will receive 56,550 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by mid-December in the form of 58 trays each holding 975 doses. Those trays will be shipped to hospitals. One will be reserved in case of “spoilage” during transport.

A Northeast Tennessee lawmaker has proposed a bill to prohibit any agency, executive or government from forcing anyone to get a COVID-19 vaccine. House Bill 13 was proposed by State Representative Bud Hulsey (R) of Kingsport.

COVID-19 in Nashville

Earlier Tuesday, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an increase of 692 COVID-19 cases in Davidson County, bringing the county’s total to 50,967.

Members of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force are urging caution this holiday season, saying the COVID-19 outbreak in Nashville has reached a new peak.

“The COVID-19 outbreak in Nashville is now at an all-time high,” said Mayor John Cooper during last week’s COVID-19 briefing. “During the past two weeks, we’ve gone from 336 to 440 active COVID hospitalizations here in Davidson County – a 31 percent increase which strains local hospital resources and is especially hard on our front-line healthcare staff.”

The Metro Action Commission will begin accepting applications Monday for a program aimed to help homeowners and renters catch up on monthly payments after being impacted by COVID-19. The program provides up to three or six months of assistance to anyone in danger of eviction or foreclosure.

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

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