The peak of the pandemic may feel like it passed months ago in Tennessee. But the state just had its highest one-day total for newly reported deaths from COVID-19 — 63 people lost, according to Thursday’s state update. To date, the virus has killed 2,705 Tennesseans.
Nashville businesses are embracing the city’s mask mandate as a way to avoid shutting down again. Two were featured at Metro’s weekly COVID-19 press briefing Thursday, expressing their commitment to enforcing the rules among customers.
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.
New coronavirus cases in Tennessee have pretty well stabilized statewide in recent weeks. But the death toll hasn’t let up. And now hospitalizations are rising sharply again.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is rejecting Tennessee’s request to fund protective equipment for schools. The policy decision means the state will have to use $186 million of other federal funding to cover the expense.
Updated Wednesday to include link to application. Tennessee has deposited nearly $200 million into the accounts of small businesses. But the state still has more stimulus money, so it’s broadening the program and focusing more on diversity.
Tennessee’s coronavirus cases have leveled off in recent weeks, but that’s largely thanks to big declines in urban areas, like Nashville. Meanwhile, some rural communities are seeing more cases than ever, and they’re receiving little help figuring out why.
Nashville’s once-booming convention business is starting the long road to rebuilding. On Thursday, the city entered phase three, which will allow gatherings of up to 500 with special approval from the health department.
Dr. Jarome Adams says the framing of the president’s handling of the pandemic for political purposes has become a challenge for public health.
The Tennessee Titans are the NFL’s first team to manage a sizable outbreak of the coronavirus. Tests that came back Tuesday morning showed eight positive cases — all of which the team says were asymptomatic.