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Sept. 20 COVID update: 2,075 new cases, 2 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:52 AM, Sep 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-20 15:19:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,075 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 2 additional deaths.

This brings the state's total case count to 183,514, including 2,218 deaths.

The state also reported 662 current hospitalizations and 165,844 total recoveries so far.

Earlier today Metro health officials reported 75 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of cases ever reported in Davidson County to 28,002.

The Metro Public Health Department said 55 of the new cases reported on Sunday involve college students, with the majority of the tests from August. The lab that conducted the tests used the student's permanent address, so positive and negative results were not initially included among Davidson County's numbers.

Of those cases, 932 remain active and 26,810 Nashvillians are considered recovered from the virus.

Two additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Sunday, an 81-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman. MPHD has attributed 260 deaths to COVID-19.

Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:


New cases per 100,000 people: 13.30
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.3
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 18 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 13,801
Female: 13,913
Unknown: 288

Cases by age:

Unknown57
0-101,361
11-202,956
21-308,260
31-405,654
41-503,886
51-602,799
61-701,732
71-80795
81+502
Total28,002
Inactive/Recovered26,810
Deaths260
Total active cases932

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total
351,48235,099316,3839.99%


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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.