September 16 COVID-19 update: 1,856 new cases, 24 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 71 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 15:02:25-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,856 new COIVD-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 177,087.

Of the cases, 14,734 remain active and 160,202 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Twenty-four additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Wednesday. TDH has attributed 2,151 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, 791 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 40 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro health officials reported 71 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths.

There have been a total of 27,563 cases ever reported in Davidson County. As of Wednesday, 1,135 remain active and 26,172 people are now considered recovered from the coronavirus.

MPHD reported two more deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the total for Davidson County to 245. Metro health says 256 deaths have been attributed to the virus

Below is additional data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases.

New cases per 100,000 people: 16.86
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 24 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 36 calls on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

Total number of cases: 27,563
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 71

Cases by sex
Male: 13,615
Female: 13,652
Unknown: 296

Cases by race
Asian 2.2%
Black or African American 19.1%
Other Race 21.0%
Pending 11.6%
Two or More Races 0.5%
Unknown 11.6%
White 33.9%

Deaths by race
Asian 7
Black or African American 98
Other 16
White 131
Pending 4

Deaths by zip code
37013 37
37211 37
37115 26
37207 20
37214 10
37218 11

Cases by age

Total active cases1,135


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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.