October 2 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 971 new cases, 14 additional deaths

Metro reports 71 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 10:29 AM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 15:05:40-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 971 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 14 additional deaths were also reported.

TDOH officials said today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 198,403. The statewide death toll has risen to 2,515.

Right now, there are 13,722 active cases across the state.

The department also said the number of current hospitalizations dropped by 31, bringing the state's current total to 842. An additional 1,385 people were listed as recovered.

Metro reported 71 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said two additional deaths were also reported.

Friday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 29,136. Right now, there are 939 active cases in Metro.

Metro said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported -- a 57-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 267 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 278 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

There have been two new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

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.

So far, 27,919 individuals have been labeled inactive/recovered.

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.55
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.6

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 30 calls on Thursday, October 2, 2020.

Total number of cases: 29,136
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 71

Cases by sex
Male: 14,332
Female: 14,515
Unknown: 289

Cases by age

Total active cases939


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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.