WPLN News uses Tennessee Department of Health data to track the spread of the coronavirus in Tennessee. These charts are updated weekly — and sometimes more often — to show trends in cases, hospitalizations and fatalities, as well as the age breakdown of cases and deaths.
Schools across Middle Tennessee are in the process of reopening. Many districts are reassessing their plans regularly based on active cases of the coronavirus in their area.
Editor’s Note: WPLN News has discontinued this mapping effort as of Sept. 14. After delays, the state of Tennessee is now publishing its own statewide database of school-based cases here.
Tennessee is now one of 18 states designated as “in the red zone” for coronavirus cases. That’s according to a new document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force and obtained by the Center for Public Integrity.
Tennessee is experiencing its deadliest period yet during the COVID-19 pandemic, averaging 11 deaths per day since the start of July.
Tennessee’s total cases of the coronavirus continue to rise — to more than 57,000 as of Friday. That means, in the last seven days, Tennessee has added 11,000 new cases, a number that took two months to reach at the start of the pandemic. Black, Latino and older Tennesseans are being hit especially hard by COVID-19.
For the second week in a row, Tennessee has seen an uptick in the number of people newly applying for unemployment, with more than 22,000 filings last week.
A report out Friday from Vanderbilt University researchers shows Tennesseans’ travel activity dropped steeply after the state’s first coronavirus case was detected, even before a statewide stay-at-home order was issued.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate is the worst it’s been in a generation, and reflects the most sudden loss of jobs on record, state officials say. The April unemployment rate was 14.7%, which matches the national figure.
Nashville’s top health officials say this week will be “super critical” in determining how quickly the city continues to reopen. And they’re watching three key stats.