September 17 COVID-19 update: 1,053 new cases, 13 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 130 new cases, one additional death
Posted at 9:20 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 15:07:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,053 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total of cases ever reported in the state to 178,140.

Of the total number of cases, 14,269 remain active and 161,707 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.

Thirteen additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Thursday. TDH has attributed 2,164 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide there are 823 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of nine people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Nashville Public Health officials reported 130 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 27,693. Right now, there are 1,177 active cases.

Health officials said an additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 75-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 246 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 257 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 26,259 individuals have recovered.

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More data from Metro health:

New cases per 100,000 people: 15.65
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 20 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 23 calls on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 27,693
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 130

Cases by sex
Male: 13,653
Female: 13,747
Unknown: 293

Cases by age

Total active cases1,177

During today's COVID-19 update, Mayor John Cooper announced the city would reenter its Phase Three of reopening on October 1. Bars and limited-service restaurants can increase capacity to 50% starting Friday.

Metro also announced that Titans fans will be able to attend the Steelers game at Nissan Stadium on Oct. 4 at 10% capacity. That's fewer than 7,000 of the stadium's 69,143 maximum capacity.


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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.