NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Thursday, November 19th.
The department reported 2,887 new cases, bringing the state to 328,088 cases in total, a daily increase of 0.9% 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. 67,416 new cases have been reported this month, topping the October record of 64,533.
All five of Tennessee’s record rises in one day have occurred in the last two weeks.
The Tennessee average of seven days for new cases fell slightly to 4,480 additional cases per day, while the average for 14 days for new cases rose to 4,023.
Of the 328,088 cases, 171,622 are women (52%), 154,026 are men (47%) and 2,440 are pending (1%).
TDH also confirmed 80 more deaths, making Thursday the state’s second-highest increase in single days for deaths.
Of the total positive cases, 283,785 are listed as inactive / restored, an increase of 3,854 in the last 24 hours.
For the fourth day in a row, the state reported a new record number of current COVID admissions. There are 2,003 people currently hospitalized in Tennessee. The number of total admissions now stands at 11,422.
Tennessee has treated 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 number with 14.3% percent positive cases.
The release for Thursday’s update was delayed, a tweet from TDH was announced earlier in the afternoon. The delay stretched out in the afternoon.
The latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force says that the spread of COVID-19 in Tennessee over the past month “has gotten deeper and harder” and cites Halloween and “related activities” as contributors.
The information was included in a document dated November 15 obtained by ABC News. The report, which is being delivered to governors across the United States, suggests that 47 states and the District of Columbia are in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases, including Tennessee.
Several Tennessee school districts have announced early closures before the Thanksgiving break due to COVID-19 cases and quarantines.
As cases increase and many districts take action, teachers demanded action from the governor.
“To have clear guidance from the Governor and Commissioner for Health and the Commissioner for Education to help school principals, school principals, administrators make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of Tennessee students. I think we are lacking in this area, quite frankly, ”said President Beth Brown of the Tennessee Education Association.
In a letter to Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday, Brown said the teachers’ union needed the state to provide more protection for teachers and students.
A group of Tennessee doctors on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic is urging Governor Lee to issue a mandate across the state 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 ongoing study. Last week, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced that its own COVID-19 vaccine seemed just as effective – news that puts both companies on track to seek authorization within a few weeks for emergency use in the United States.
Tennessee is one of four states selected for Pfizer’s US COVID-19 Immunization Pilot Program.
A report by the Associated Press on Thursday stated that Pfizer and BioNTech will seek urgent government approval for their coronavirus vaccine, as the United States aims to begin administering doses by the end of the year. Moderna is expected to file an emergency 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 Thanksgiving week to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
During his weekly news briefing Thursday morning, Cooper said the public health order will be changed to limit all gatherings to eight people, whether it is at a restaurant or in a backyard starting Monday, November 23rd.
Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Dr. Adrienne Battle issued a warning Monday to 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 November 30th.
According to MNPS, Dr. Battle to make a final decision by Tuesday, November 24, the last school day before the Thanksgiving break. The all-virtual learning opportunity will last for three weeks until the start of winter holidays on December 17th.
COVID-19 in Kentucky
On Wednesday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced new COVID-19 restrictions that are due to take effect throughout this week.
From and including 20 November at 17 restaurants and bars must close indoor dining. Pickup, delivery and outdoor service are still allowed. Indoor venues, including meeting rooms and theaters, are limited to 25 people per night. Room. This includes funerals and wedding gatherings.
Indoor social gatherings must be limited to groups from a maximum of two different households with a maximum of eight people per. Collection.
Stay tuned to News 2 for continued coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.