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Tennessee appears headed toward new highs for COVID-19 cases, deaths, hospitalizations

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NASVHILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s COVID-19 case counts, hospitalizations and deaths are all spiking again.

State health officials reported 734 virus related fatalities this past week, a new all-time record. Metro Nashville also recorded a new high of 48 deaths during the week that ended Saturday.

The number of Tennesseans admitted to hospitals statewide jumped 20 percent last week. As of Tuesday morning, there were 741 patients in ICU across the state, with 429 on respirators.

New case counts peaked in Tennessee on December 20 and fell sharply through the end of the year. However the number of new infections begn rising again with the New Year. The state is currently reporting new infections at the average rate of more than 6,400 cases each day.

Nearly 11,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Monday alone. Nashville recorded its second highest case count on record Monday, reporting nearly 1100 new infections in 24 hours.

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