October 17 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 226,139 total cases, 2,903 deaths

State seeing record-high hospitalizations
Posted at 9:44 AM, Oct 17, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,646 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with 32 additional deaths.

This brings the state's total count to 226,139 cases and 2,903 deaths.

This week the state has seen record-high hospitalizations. Today's current hospitalizations are 1,166. The state also reported 203,586 total recoveries so far.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 22 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 31,200. No additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, there has been one new probable case reported.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

Right now, Metro has 1,347 active cases. So far, 29,566 people have recovered from the virus.

As of today, 276 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 287 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 21.32
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 35 calls on Friday, October 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 31,200
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 22

Cases by sex
Male: 15,303
Female: 15,599
Unknown: 298

Cases by age

Total active cases1,347


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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.