Tenn. has marked new record high COVID-19 deaths during 3 of the last 5 weeks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — Tennessee suffered a record number of COVID-19 related deaths again this past week, even as confirmed new infections continue to fall.
A total of 889 state residents died during the week that ended Saturday. That’s a 17 percent increase over the previous high just seven days earlier.
Fourteen of the worst single-day death counts have occurred since January 1. The current record of 203 deaths in 24 hours was recorded on Friday.
Metro Nashville also recorded a new record high this past week with 60 residents dying in seven days. The previous high was 48 deaths during the week that ended Jan. 9.
Meanwhile, weekly confirmed new infections fell to just over 17,000 cases statewide last week. That’s a drop of 61 percent from the record high reached back in December.