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September 24 COVID-19 update: 835 new cases, 35 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 105 new cases, 2 additional deaths
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Posted at 9:05 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 15:02:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

Since the outbreak began, the state has reported a total of 187,544 cases, 14,081 of which remain active and 171,153 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.

Thirty-five additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday. TDH has attributed 2,310 deaths to COVID-19.

On September 24, there were 708 people hospitalized in Tennessee for COVID-19, a decrease of 86 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 105 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 28,392. Two additional deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours.

Right now, there are 988 active cases. There have been eleven 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.

Metro officials said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 66-year-old man and an 89-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 256 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 267 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

As of now, 27,137 individuals have since recovered.

Mayor John Cooper also released more information Thursday as the city prepares to move to Phase Three of its reopening next week. On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Grand Ole Opry will host a live event to 500 people in-person to celebrate its 95th anniversary.

Watch today's full briefing below:


New cases per 100,000 people: 14.80
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 23 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 34 calls on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

Total number of cases: 28,392
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 105

Cases by sex
Male: 13,969
Female: 14,136
Unknown: 287

Cases by age

Unknown57
0-101,384
11-203,026
21-308,345
31-405,717
41-503,938
51-602,846
61-701,751
71-80816
81+512
Total28,392
Inactive/Recovered27,137
Deaths267
Total active cases988


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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.