NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Tennessee set another record for the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 as Tuesday marked the seventh day of record hospitalizations.

According to the current COVID hospitalizations chart on the Tennessee Department of Health website, 3,693 patients in the hospital with the virus, with 1,034 of those patients in the intensive care unit. In addition, there were 723 people on ventilators. To consult the current COVID hospitalizations chart, click here.  

According to the Tennessee Department of Health website, the number of patients currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the state is 3,565, which is 60 patient hospitalizations from Monday. There have been 1,071,125 cases, which is an increase of 6,698 cases since Monday. In addition, there have been 13,630 deaths from COVID, which is an increase of 76 since Monday. To read the complete TDH COVID data, click here

The newest record comes on the same day that Nashville opened its second community assessment center.

"The need for testing has unfortunately increased. And the need for a second site is obvious as the need for testing has increased," Dr. Julie Gray with Meharry Medical College said.

Metro is adding more testing in Nashville with hospitalizations on the rise. The city gets ready to open a new community assessment center next week. The new center will be near Centennial Park on 28th Avenue North.

For unvaccinated people, Vanderbilt Medical Center Dr. Todd Rice said it's hitting them even harder.

"Our numbers have been pretty consistent that 90 plus of the patients that are in the hospital are unvaccinated," Rice said. "And that the vaccine is really beneficial protects patients from needing to be in the hospital and at any point and time that less than 10 percent of the patients in the hospital or in my ICU are vaccinated."

Vanderbilt is releasing this new data showing the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, comparing the vaccinated and the unvaccinated. As of Sept. 4, there are 218 COVID-19 patients in total. There are more unvaccinated people hospitalized in ICU or on a ventilator. All 17 patients on a ventilator are unvaccinated, and there are zero vaccinated patients

"Those numbers are just showing that out of our ventilated patients all of them are unvaccinated, so we don't have a single patient right now that was vaccinated and then was sick enough to need to be put on a ventilator to care for them with their COVID," Rice said.

Healthcare professionals said the best way to protect themselves from the virus is to get the vaccine.

"The vaccine is really the answer, and the masks are sort of like a temporizing solution, but the vaccine is sort of the long-term solution," Rice said.

It's important to note the data that Vanderbilt put out on Tuesday states that many of the vaccinated patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are immune compromised.

 

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