October 25 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,500 new cases in past 24 hours

Metro reports 243 new cases in Nashville
Posted at 9:40 AM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 15:10:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,500 new COVID-19 cases today, along with 31 additional deaths.

This is the second highest daily increase in cases since the pandemic began, following October 23rd's increase of of 3,606. Last week the state reported its worst week, regarding new cases.

The state's total case count so far is at 247,587, including 3,131 total deaths.

Earlier today Metro health officials reported 243 new cases, bringing the total number of cases ever reported in Davidson County to 33,259.

Of the total number of cases, 30,846 Nashvillians are considered recovered from the virus and 2,119 remain active.

No additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported. The Metro Public Health Department has attributed 294 deaths to COVID-19.

The seven-day rate of positive COVID-19 tests has risen to 6.4%. This rate has been steadily climbing for the last two weeks.

Out of Nashville's seven key metrics for reopening, three remain in the red, two are yellow and three are green. For more information on these metrics, click here.

Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:

New cases per 100,000 people: 32.34
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.4
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 16,279
Female: 16,675
Unknown: 305

Cases by age:

Total active cases2,119

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.