September 26 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,437 new cases, 22 additional deaths

Posted at 9:36 AM, Sep 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-26 15:12:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,437 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, along with 22 additional deaths.

This brings the state's total to 190,891 COVID cases since the pandemic began, along with 2,374 deaths.

The state also reported 739 current hospitalizations and 174,044 total recoveries so far.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 136 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 28,551. Three additional deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours.

Right now, there are 941 active cases in Davidson County. Metro officials said there have been six 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.

Three additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours: a 40-year-old man with a pending medical history, along with a 64-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

As of Saturday, 260 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 271 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

As of now, 27,339 are now labeled inactive/recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.07
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 21 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 24 calls on Friday, September 25, 2020.

Total number of cases: 28,551
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 136

Cases by sex
Male: 14,050
Female: 14,216
Unknown: 285

Cases by age

Total active cases941


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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.