NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee ended 2020 with new record-high COVID numbers for the month of December. It’s an unfortunate trend the state found itself in the last quarter of the year, reporting new record-high cases and deaths in October, November, and December.
November and December alone account for 56% of Tennessee’s total COVID-19 cases (11/1 – 12/31: 326,130) and 51% of the state’s total virus deaths (11/1 – 12/31: 3,554) during the pandemic in 2020.
The Tennessee Department of Health reported 212,309 new cases in December, with the state’s top 12 single-day increases of 2020 occurring within the month. (If you don’t see a chart below for any of the rankings, click here.)
The final month of 2020 accounts for 17 of the state’s top 20 single-day increases overall. The other three occurred in November.
- #13 Nov. 30: 7,975
- #14 Nov. 16: 7,951
- #17 Nov. 28: 6,750
Tennessee saw an average of 6,849 new cases a day in the month of December. The previous record was 3,794 new cases a day in November.
November was 76% higher than October’s once record-high 64,533 new cases. December’s new cases increase, though surpassed that, coming in at 87% higher than November’s 113,821. In fact, Tennessee added more COVID-19 cases in 31 days (212,309) than during the first 219 days of the pandemic combined (10/9 total cases: 211,003).
TDH also reported 2,305 additional COVID-19 deaths in December, making it the deadliest month of the pandemic. The state added an average of 74 deaths per day, nearly doubling the 42 deaths November averaged per day.
All ten of Tennessee’s highest single-day death increases occurred in December.
All but one day (#16 Oct. 30: 78 deaths) in the top 20 took place over the last two months of 2020.
On September 24, the state reached 2,310 total COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In 31 days, Tennessee nearly added the same amount of deaths (2,305) as it did in the first 204 days of the pandemic.
Tennessee reported 133,984 recoveries in December, surpassing November’s record of 96,823. The state saw an average of 4,322 inactive/recovered cases reported per day during the month.
Tennessee’s highest single-day increase in inactive/recovered cases came on September 3 when the state health department announced changes in data reporting. Outside of the Sept. 3 increase, the state reported its highest increases for inactive/recovered cases in December. Removing September 3 from the list, all ten single-day increases occurred in December.
TDH reported 1,056,060 tests processed in December, surpassing November’s record of 858,650. The state reported an average of 34,066 new tests per day. Though testing was higher, the state also ended the month with a 10.5% positive cases for total tests. It ended the previous month at 8.3%.
The state reported 2,290 current hospitalizations at the end of November. By December 31, Tennessee was at 3,195 current hospitalizations. It reached a record-high of 3,225 on December 29.
The Tennessee Department of Health did not release new data on New Year’s Day. The state will post the numbers for both the 1st and 2nd on Saturday.