October 27 COVID-19 update: 1,908 new cases, 44 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 258 new cases, 4 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 15:05:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,908 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 251,774.

Of the total cases, 26,219 remain active and 222,348 Tennesseans are considered recovered from the virus. Active cases have been steadily on the rise in the state for more than three weeks. The department reported Tuesday's rate of positive tests at 11.43%, which is above the state's goal.

Forty-four additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday. TDH has attributed 3,207 deaths to COVID-19.

Tennessee reported 1,223 active hospitalizations for the virus.

Metro Public Health officials reported 258 new cases of COVID-19. The department said four deaths were reported.

Tuesday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 33,957. Right now, there are 2,543 active cases.

Health officials said four additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 54-year-old man, a 67-year-old woman, a 76-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 288 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 299 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 31,115 have been labeled inactive/recovered.

Metro also released its updated heat maps today, showing active and total cases across Davidson County.

New cases per 100,000 people: 33.66
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 52 calls on Monday, October 26, 2020.

Total number of cases: 33,957
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 258

Cases by sex
Male: 16,613
Female: 17,033
Unknown: 311

Cases by age

Total active cases2,543


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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.