October 5 COVID-19 update: 2,489 new cases, 20 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 170 new cases in past 24 hours
Posted at 9:37 AM, Oct 05, 2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,489 new cases on Monday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 203,699.

Of the total number of cases reported, 15,881 remain active and 185,221 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.

Twenty additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Monday. TDH has attributed 2,597 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide there are 815 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 11 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 170 new cases of COVID-19 and no additional deaths in the last 24 hours.

Monday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 29,395. Right now, there are 994 active cases.

One new probable case has also been added in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

As of today, 268 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 279 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 28,122 individuals have been labeled as inactive/recovered.

New cases per 100,000 people: 15.02
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 19 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 17 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 12 calls on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Total number of cases: 29,395
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 170

Cases by sex
Male: 14,455
Female: 14,650
Unknown: 290

Cases by age

Total active cases994


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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.