COVID-19 cases surpass 490,000 in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health released new numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Nurse Micki Gassell, left, from Childrens Hospital, administers a nasal swab test for COVID-19...
Nurse Micki Gassell, left, from Childrens Hospital, administers a nasal swab test for COVID-19 to Julie Pelegrin, who works in the State Capitol in legal services, as lawmakers try to wrap up the 2020 session Monday, June 15, 2020, in Denver. The tests were made available to state lawmakers and workers on the grounds of the Capitol. (Source: AP Photo/David Zalubowski) (GIM)
Published: Jun. 17, 2020 at 3:08 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 at 4:07 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Department of Health released data on COVID-19 in the state.

Each day, the health department releases numbers on deaths, cases, recoveries and hospitalizations.

December 17

Cases: 493,230

Deaths: 5,845

Hospitalizations: 2,897

Inactive/Recoveries: 418,724

Total tests: 5,147,733

On December 17, the state saw its largest day-to-day increase of deaths--177.

December 16

Cases: 484,285

Deaths: 5,668

Hospitalizations: 2,874

Inactive/Recoveries: 411,843

Total tests: 5,114,800

December 15

Cases: 472,875

Deaths: 5,615

Hospitalizations: 2,821

Inactive/Recoveries: 404,597

Total tests: 5,056,990

December 14

Cases: 464,624

Deaths: 5,541

Hospitalizations: 2,738

Inactive/Recoveries: 394,147

Total tests: 5,012,404

December 13

Cases: 454,305

Deaths: 5,462

Hospitalizations: 2,680

Inactive/Recoveries: 390,891

Total tests: 4,952,865

December 12

The department of health said December 12 that, today’s counts didn’t include all negative test results and skewed the positivity rate.

Cases: 442,953

Deaths: 5,400

Hospitalizations: 2,699

Inactive/Recoveries: 387,395

Total tests: 4,869,834

December 11

Cases: 436,262

Deaths: 5,327

Hospitalizations: 2,640

Inactive/Recoveries: 382,444

Total tests: 4,857,934

December 10

Cases: 428,973

Deaths: 5,240

Hospitalizations: 2,558

Inactive/Recoveries: 382,444

Total tests: 4,804,074

The case positivity rate did not lower, but was at 18.57 on December 10, according to the department of health.

December 9

Cases: 422,962

Deaths: 5,171

Hospitalizations: 2,605

Inactive/Recoveries: 376,851

Total tests: 4,773,224

According to the TDH, the state’s percent positive was 18.15 percent on Wednesday. According to Johns Hopkins University, “If a community’s positivity is high, it suggests that that community may largely be testing the sickest patients and possibly missing milder or asymptomatic cases.”

December 8

Cases: 414,749

Deaths: 5,109

Hospitalizations: 2,566

Inactive/Recoveries: 371,163

Total tests: 4,729,118

December 8 saw the highest day-to-day deaths recorded thus far in the pandemic. The previous record was set on Dec 3 with 93.

Guidance released by the CDC advises practicing preventative measures to help stop an outbreak in your community by:

- Avoiding contact with people who are sick

- If you are sick, stay home

- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue

- Clean frequently touched surfaces daily

- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

- Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol

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