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September 14 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,450 new cases, 19 deaths

Metro reports 111 new cases, 2 more deaths
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Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 15:10:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee reported 2,450 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. The department said 19 additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 174,274 and 2,097 total deaths since the pandemic began. Right now there are 15,369 active cases across the state.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 111 new cases and two additional deaths.

Health officials said today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 27,300. Right now, there are 1,065 active cases.

There's also been one new probable case 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.

Health officials said there have been two new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 78-year-old man with a pending medical history and a 59-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of Monday, 242 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 253 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 25,982 individuals have been labeled as inactive/recovered.



New cases per 100,000 people: 15.49
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 18 percent

Total number of cases: 27,300
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 111

Cases by sex
Male: 13,519
Female: 13,497
Unknown: 284

Cases by age

Unknown53
0-101,331
11-202,838
21-308,029
31-405,527
41-503,825
51-602,748
61-701,692
71-80774
81+483
Total27,300


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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.

Prevention

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.