October 7 COVID-19 update: 2,080 new cases, 21 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 160 new cases, 2 more deaths
Posted at 9:38 AM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 15:03:47-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,080 new cases on Wednesday.

Since the pandemic began, Tennessee has reported 207,455 cases, 16,237 of which remain active and 188,576 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. This is the highest number of active cases in nearly a month.

Twenty-one additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Wednesday. TDH has attributed 2,642 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide there are currently 971 people hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 13 people in 24 hours.

Metro reported 160 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 29,790. Two additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Right now, Metro has 1,143 active cases and 28,364 are now considered inactive/recovered.

There have been three new probable cases 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.

Metro health officials said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 77-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man, both with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 272 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 283 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 15.79
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 19 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 47 calls on Tuesday, October 6, 2020.

Total number of cases: 29,790
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 160

Cases by sex
Male: 14,648
Female: 14,839
Unknown: 303

Cases by race
Asian 2.3%
Black or African American 19.5%
Other Race 19.9%
Pending 10.1%
Two or More Races 0.6%
Unknown 11.7%
White 35.9%

Deaths by race
Asian 9
Black or African American 105
Other 18
Pending 3
White 148

Deaths by zip code
37013 41
37211 40
37115 29
37207 23
37218 12
37214 11

Cases by age

Total active cases1,143


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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.