Oct. 29 COVID-19 update: 2,660 new cases, 22 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 262 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:04 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 15:03:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,660 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 256,880.

Of the total cases, 26,346 remain active and 227,271 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Twenty-two additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported. TDH has attributed a total of 3,263 deaths to COVID-19.

Overnight, Tennessee broke its record for the current COVID-19 hospitalizations with 1,394 patients. The state has broken this record several times over the last month.

Metro Public Health officials reported 262 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths.

Thursday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 34,418. Right now, there are 2,411 active cases and 31,705 have recovered.

Metro said there have been two additional confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 87-year-old male and a 47-year-old female, both with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 291 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 302 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

During his weekly COVID-19 update on Thursday, Mayor John Cooper said Nashville has returned to its case levels from the late June-July spike.

Cooper said six out of 10 cases are linked to people getting it from work or at home. Of those, 31% come from the workplace and 30% are from household transmission. Thirteen percent are linked to travel.

This month, Metro also saw its first cluster of new cases linked to a gym.

“The spread in students at universities and in schools has mostly been from sports, parties, and gatherings, with a minimal spread within a classroom setting,” said Cooper.

Nashville remains in Phase Three of its reopening plan. Currently, three of its metrics remain in the red category, which is considered unsatisfactory.

Watch the full update below:

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 35.48
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.9

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 179 calls on Wednesday, October 28, 2020.

Total number of cases: 34,418
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 262

Cases by sex
Male: 16,822
Female: 17,285
Unknown: 311

Cases by age

Total active cases2,411

Overnight, Tennessee hit another COVID-19 hospitalization record as the number of cases of the virus continues to skyrocket.


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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.