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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for December 17


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for December 17

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 57,269 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been 75 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 58,939 cases, an increase of 1,099 in the past 24 hours.

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

There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

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.

No new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

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.

52,459 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

New cases per 100,000 people: 91.40

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 277 calls on Wednesday, December 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 58,939
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 1,099

Cases by sex
Male: 28,194
Female: 30,252
Unknown: 493

Cases by age

Unknown 96
0-10 2,786
11-20 6,176
21-30 17,018
31-40 11,536
41-50 7,825
51-60 6,390
61-70 4,003
71-80 1,951
81+ 1,158
Total 58,939
Inactive/Recovered 52,459
Deaths 418
Total active cases 6,062


Total number of tests conducted Total positive/probable results Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
739,388 69,703 669,685 9.43%


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.