October 21 COVID-19 update: 2,292 new cases, 18 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 110 cases, 1 additional death in last 24 hours
Posted at 9:41 AM, Oct 21, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,292 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and 18 additional coronavirus-related deaths.

Tennessee has reported a total of 235,861 cases since the outbreak began. Of those cases, 210,243 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 22,648 cases remain active.

For the second day in a row, the state has reported a relatively high rate of tests with positive results on Wednesday with 11.78%. This is the highest positivity rate for the state since Sept. 8.

TDH has attributed 2,970 deaths to COVID-19. Statewide, 1,259 active hospitalizations were reported, a decrease of 13 patients.

Metro Public Health officials reported 110 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 32,310. An additional death was also reported in the last 24 hours.

Right now, there are 1,894 active cases in Metro. Additionally, the transmission rate and new cases per-100,000 residents remain in the red category in Nashville's key metrics tracker.

Health officials said one additional death was reported, an 83-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. As of today, 278 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 289 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 30,127 individuals have been labeled as inactive/recovered.

New cases per 100,000 people: 27.78
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 15 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 233 calls on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Total number of cases: 32,310
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 110

Cases by sex
Male: 15,822
Female: 16,184
Unknown: 304

Cases by Race
Asian 2.3%
Black or African American 19.6%
Other Race 19.2%
Pending 9.4%
Two or More Races 0.6%
Unknown 11.7%
White 37.3%

Deaths by Race
Asian 10
Black or African American 107
Other 18
White 152
Pending 2

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 - 43
37211 - 40
37115 - 30
37207 - 23
37218 - 12
37214 - 12

Cases by age

Total active cases1,894


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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.