NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Friday, September 11.
The health department reported 1,622 new cases, bringing the state to 169,859 total cases, a 1% day-to-day increase since Thursday. Of the total cases, 165,009 are confirmed and 4,850 are probable.
Tennessee’s seven-day new cases average increased to 1,323 additional cases per day.
Of the 169,859 cases, 86,149 are female (51%), 81,847 are male (48%), and 1,863 are pending (1%).
TDH also confirmed 37 additional deaths, bringing Tennessee up to 2,025 total deaths.
Out of the confirmed positive cases, 152,674 are listed as inactive/recovered, an increase of 1,472 since Thursday.
The number of total hospitalizations now sits at 7,624. There are 808 people currently hospitalized, a decrease of 50 in the last 24 hours.
Tennessee has processed 2,415,529 tests with 2,245,670 negative results. The percentage for positive cases remained around 7%. Friday’s update added 27,211 tests to the state’s total.
COVID-19 in Nashville
Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced Friday that Metro Public Health officials have approved an exception to extend bar and restaurant hours on Monday, September 14.
The move is to accommodate fans watching the Titans first game of the season on the road against Denver on Monday Night Football.
Earlier Friday, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an increase of 21 COVID-19 cases in Davidson County. The number of active cases also dropped below 1,000 as the county currently has 984 cases.
Broadway will be closed to traffic on weekend evenings throughout the month of September to allow more space for social distancing after crowds flocked to downtown Nashville over Labor Day weekend.
Football coaches in the Metro Nashville Public School system have been given approval to start contact practice Friday. Previously, district leaders said contact practice was on hold until COVID-19 conditions improved for the city.
TDH’s COVID-19 Reporting Format
On September 3, the Tennessee Department of Health announced changes to the format for sharing data on COVID-19, updating how some metrics are calculated, reflecting evolving knowledge of the pandemic.
The new format reflects a change in how active cases are calculated.
Under the new format, TDH case count reports will include figures for “Inactive/Recovered” cases and will no longer include data for “Recovered” cases. “Inactive/Recovered” cases will include people who are 14 days or more beyond their illness onset date (or, for asymptomatic cases, their specimen collection date). This will more closely align with what is now understood about the infectious period of COVID-19, as recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show most patients with COVID-19 are no longer infectious after 10 days. Previously, TDH considered a case recovered after a 21-day period.
COVID-19 in Schools Data
On September 3, the Tennessee Department of Education released plans to report additional COVID-19 information at school and district levels, including numbers of new positive COVID-19 cases in districts and schools.
The new COVID-19 case tracking dashboard was originally going to launch earlier this week, but the department announced on Tuesday it would be delayed due to technical difficulties.
TDOE officials said the department was experiencing problems with processing data from a number of school districts.
Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
COVID-19 in Tennessee
(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )