MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for December 18
Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 58,082 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.
There have been 131 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 59,883 cases, an increase of 944 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.
Eight new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 92-year-old man with a pending medical history, along with a 77-year-old man, a 76-year-old woman, a 74-year-old man, a 70-year-old man, a 68-year-old woman, a 56-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.
A total of four hundred twelve (412) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 426 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
53,142 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.
New cases per 100,000 people: 92.41
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 15.9
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 10 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 277 calls on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
Total number of cases: 59,883
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 944
Cases by sex
Cases by age
|Total active cases||6,315|
|Total number of tests conducted||Total positive/probable results||Total negative results||Positive results as percentage of total|
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.