September 15 COVID-19 update: 957 new cases, 30 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro's ICU bed availability reaches goal of 20%
Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 15:05:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 957 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in Tennessee to 175,231.

Of those cases, 14,444 remain active and 158,660 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.

Thirty additional coronavirus-related deaths were also reported on Tuesday. TDH has attributed 2,127 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, there are 762 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 35 people in the last day.

Metro Public Health officials reported 192 new cases of COVID-19. An additional death was also reported in the past 24 hours.

The number of available ICU beds also rose to 20%, which is considered "satisfactory" in the city's key reopening metrics. The number of hospital floor beds is at 18%.

Today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 27,492. Right now, there are 1,175 active cases.

Metro officials said an additional confirmed death was reported in the past 24 hours, a 71-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 243 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 254 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
So far, 26,063 individuals have recovered.

New cases per 100,000 people: 16.62
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 20 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received six calls on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Total number of cases: 27,492
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 192

Cases by sex
Male: 13,598
Female: 13,606
Unknown: 288

Cases by age

Total active cases1,175


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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.