The Tennessee Department of Health has reported a total of 128,511 cases of COVID-19 across the state, up 2,118 cases since Wednesday on 27,965 new test results.

Of the total cases, 89,151 people have recovered, 5,648 have been hospitalized and 1,313 have died — up 1,861, 94 and 24, respectively, from the numbers 24 hours earlier. 

The number of active cases in Tennessee has remained relatively flat in the past two weeks, perhaps signaling a slowing of the virus’ spread — albeit with 30 percent fewer tests being reported per week and a positivity rate that has remained constant. On Thursday, the state reported 38,047 residents are currently infected with COVID-19. 

The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has fallen slightly than from the figure of two weeks ago, with 1,067 people currently hospitalized throughout 104 facilities and making up about 11 percent of all hospitalizations statewide. Another 245 hospitalized individuals are awaiting test results.

In terms of capacity, the state reports that 17 percent of inpatient beds and 16 percent of ICU beds remain available. Nearly 67 percent of the state’s ventilator supply — which was low in March until officials acquired about 1,000 more — is still available. 

Metro Public Health Department officials reported 161 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, bringing the countywide case count to 23,535. Of those cases, more than 20,600 people have recovered and 201 people have died.

As of Wednesday morning, nearly 13 percent of all inpatient beds and 12 percent of ICU beds in Davidson County were available, both in what public health officials define as “cautionary” levels. The ICU number has fallen to 10 percent earlier this week.

 
Nashville to allow bars to reopen with up to 25 patrons

Nashville bars will be allowed to reopen next week with fewer than 25 customers, Mayor John Cooper announced Thursday, after more than a month of being forced to close. 

Cooper said the move is meant to help small businesses struggling to survive under the strict mitigation mandates and to better regulate informal gatherings by providing a social option that requires mask-use and social distancing. The new rules will also extend the curfew imposed on restaurants to 10:30 p.m. from 10 p.m., which Cooper said will allow businesses one more round of customers before closing their doors each night. 

The Metro Public Health Department will also establish “enforcement teams” built to ensure compliance with the new mandates as bars reopen. These teams will have the authority to impose fines and revoke business licenses. 


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