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September 22 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 739 new cases, 28 additional deaths

Metro reports 54 new cases, 3 deaths on Tuesday
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Posted at 9:38 AM, Sep 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-22 15:04:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 739 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department said 28 additional deaths were reported.

Tuesday's update brings the state's total number of cases to 185,148. Statewide, at least 2,261 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

The department also reported 62 additional hospitalizations, bringing the current total to 766. As of today, 1,104 more people have recovered.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 54 new cases. Three additional deaths were also reported.

Metro officials say today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 28,223. Right now, Metro has 1,079 active cases and 26,881 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Three additional confirmed deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, a 43-year-old man, a 57-year-old man and a 77-year-old woman. Metro says all three had underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 252 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 263 deaths have been attributed to the virus.



Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 15.23
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 20 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 10 calls on Monday, September 21, 2020.

Total number of cases: 28,223
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 54

Cases by sex
Male: 13,888
Female: 14,046
Unknown: 289

Cases by age

Unknown57
0-101,370
11-202,987
21-308,303
31-405,696
41-503,918
51-602,830
61-701,748
71-80806
81+508
Total28,223
Inactive/Recovered26,881
Deaths263
Total active cases1,079


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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.