COVID-19 cases surpass 318,000 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 reported 318,888 total COVID-19 cases in the state as of November 16.

The amount of cases increased by 7,951, according to the health department. The highest increase since the pandemic began, WTVF reported. You can see a map of cases here.

271,864 patients have recovered or been labeled as “inactive” and 3,923 people in Tennessee have died from the virus with 1,810 current hospitalizations.

The new numbers might prompt some concern as families prepare for Thanksgiving. The CDC has cautioned against gatherings while America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has asked families to make their own decisions.

A new map from Georgia Tech can show you your COVID-19 risk, based on event attendees and counties, here.

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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