NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases and deaths related to COVID-19 across the state on Saturday, November 21st.
This week, November-October surpassed the record of new reported cases.
The health department reported 4,355 new cases, bringing the state to a total of 335,887 cases. Of these cases, 310,739 are confirmed and 25,148 are probable.
TDH also confirmed nine more deaths, bringing Tennessee up to 4,211 total deaths.
Out of the confirmed positive cases, 291,819 are listed as inactive / restored, an increase of 3,911 within the last 24 hours.
There are 2,060 people currently hospitalized in the state hospital.
Tennessee has processed 4,243,912 tests. The latest update added 28,004 tests to the state’s total.
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. Earlier this month, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced that its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared to be similarly effective.
Tennessee is one of four states selected for Pfizer’s US COVID-19 Immunization Pilot Program.
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
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, Nashville Mayor John Cooper said the public health order will be changed to limit all gatherings to eight people, whether in 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.
Stay tuned to News 2 for continued coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.