Tennessee's COVID-19 death toll passes 10,000 fatalities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Tennessee has surpassed 10,000 lives lost in the state’s its ongoing battle with COVID-19.
State health officials reported 133 residents died Wednesday. That brought total fatalities recorded since last March to 10,033 dead.
Some 1,800 hundred of those deaths occurred in Greater Nashville, including Metro Davidson County and its six neighboring counties.
Nearly nine in ten deaths have occurred among Tennesseans 61 years of age or older. Some 21 percent of those deaths have occurred among the state’s minority populations.
The pandemic’s toll will reach 12,000 deaths in less than two weeks if virus related fatalities continue at their current pace.
Tennessee has the fourth worst death toll among its Southern neighbors. When comparing virus related fatalities to total state population, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas have all reported more deaths than Tennessee. Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina have recorded fewer fatalities.