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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for December 16


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for December 16

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 56,245 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been 81 new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 57,840 cases, an increase of 857 in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 106 years.

There has been one new probable death reported in the past 24 hours, a 106-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

Six new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, an 84-year-old man with a pending medical history, along with a 90-year-old man, an 88-year-old man, a 73-year-old woman, and two 64-year-old men with underlying health conditions.

A total of four hundred four (404) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 418 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

51,715 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

New cases per 100,000 people: 91.97

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 300 calls on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.

Total number of cases: 57,840
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 857

Cases by sex
Male: 27,723
Female: 29,634
Unknown: 483

Cases by Race

Asian                                                     2.0%

Black or African American            18.2%

Other Race                                          14.9%

Pending                                               8.6%

Two or More Races                         0.4%

Unknown                                            15.1%

White                                                    40.8%


Deaths by Race

Asian                                                     13

Black or African American            137

Other                                                    27

White                                                    236

Pending                                               5

Deaths by Zip Code

37013                                                    49

37211                                                    48

37115                                                    40

37207                                                    32

37218                                                    14

37214                                                    15
37076                                               15

37215                                               17

37216                                               15
37209                                               10
37221                                               13
37210                                               12

37138                                               10


Cases by age

Unknown 95
0-10 2,740
11-20 6,083
21-30 16,737
31-40 11,315
41-50 7,677
51-60 6,252
61-70 3,916
71-80 1,900
81+ 1,125
Total 57,840
Inactive/Recovered 51,715
Deaths 418
Total active cases 5,707


Total number of tests conducted Total positive/probable results Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
731,957 68,480 663,477 9.36%


Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others).
  • Gatherings are recommended to be kept at 8 people or fewer, to the extent possible. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 years of age or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.