October 28 COVID-19 update: 2,446 new cases, 34 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro marks 300th COVID-19 death
Posted at 9:38 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 17:07:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,446 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 254,220.

Of the total number of cases reported, 26,157 remain active and 224,822 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. The rate of positive test results on Wednesday is 10.68%.

Thirty-four additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Wednesday. TDH has attributed 3,241 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported a total of 1,254 active COVID-19 patients.

Gov. Bill Lee held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the growing number of active cases in the state.

Watch the full briefing below:

Metro health officials reported 199 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

As of Wednesday, Davidson County has reported a total of 34,156 cases, 2,438 of which remain active and 31,418 Nashvillians are now considered recovered or inactive.

Health officials said an additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 64-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

The Metro Public Health Department said 289 people have died after a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 300 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in Davidson County.

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 34.49
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 211 calls on Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

Total number of cases: 34,156
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 199

Cases by sex
Male: 16,699
Female: 17,145
Unknown: 312

Cases by Race
Asian 2.2%
Black or African American 19.4%
Other Race 18.7%
Pending 9.1%
Two or More Races 0.6%
Unknown 11.9%
White 38.0%

Deaths by Race
Asian 11
Black or African American 108
Other 18
White 161
Pending 2

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 - 43
37211 - 43
37115 - 32
37207 - 23
37218 - 12
37214 - 12
37076 - 10

Cases by age

Total active cases2,438


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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.