October 23 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports new single-day record in deaths, new cases

Metro reports 163 new cases, one additional death
Posted at 9:39 AM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 15:31:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,606 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 65 additional deaths were also reported.

Today's update set a new record for the number of deaths and new cases reported in a 24-hour period. The state's total number of cases is now at 241,513, and the statewide death toll is 3,076.

This has also been another record-breaking week for hospitalizations. The state hit a new record on Thursday, reporting 1,300 hospitalizations -- breaking the previous record set earlier this week.

Today, the state reported 52 less hospitalizations.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 163 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 32,722. Right now, Metro has 1,865 active cases.

Health officials said one confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 41-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. As of today, 282 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 293 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 30,564 individuals have been labeled inactive/recovered.

Three of Nashville's key metrics remain in the red category.

New cases per 100,000 people: 27.31
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 225 calls on Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Total number of cases: 32,722
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 163

Cases by sex
Male: 16,009
Female: 16,411
Unknown: 302

Cases by age

Total active cases1,865


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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.