November 2 COVID-19 update: 3,161 new cases, 26 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

System update may cause delay in full data, officials say
Posted at 9:38 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 15:05:04-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,161 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. Since March, the state has reported a total of 264,587 cases.

Of the total number of cases reported, 234,460 are considered recovered or inactive and 26,748 remain active. TDH said Monday's rate of positive test results is 8.44%.

Twenty-six additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Monday. TDH has attributed 3,379 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported a total of 1,434 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 122 new cases of COVID-19. The department said no additional deaths were reported.

However, due to the Tennessee Department of Health updating their data system this weekend, Metro said Monday's numbers may not reflect a full day of reporting.

Health officials said Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 35,102. Right now, there are 2,363 active cases in Metro Nashville, and 32,428 have since recovered.

As of Monday, 300 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 311 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Metro reported the following data on November 2:

New cases per 100,000 people: 38.55
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 7.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 58 calls on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Total number of cases: 35,102
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 122

Cases by sex
Male: 17,158
Female: 17,633
Unknown: 311

Cases by age

Total active cases2,363


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.