September 28 COVID-19 update: 737 new cases, 12 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro reports 193 new cases, ICU bed availability dips to 14%
Posted at 9:44 AM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 15:05:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 737 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the state's overall total number of cases to 193,732.

Of the total number of cases ever reported, 15,313 remain active and 176,030 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.

Twelve additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Monday. TDH has attributed 2,389 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, there are currently 710 hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 18 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 193 new cases of COVID-19. The department also reported that ICU bed availability has dipped to 14% after being around the 20%-mark for the past few days.

Monday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 28,846. Right now, there are 1,129 active cases in Metro.

Metro officials said also there have been four new probable cases in the past 24 hours. No additional deaths were reported.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that aCOVID-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.

As of today, 27,444 individuals are now labeled as inactive/recovered.

New cases per 100,000 people: 14.75
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 7 calls on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

Total number of cases: 28,846
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 193

Cases by sex
Male: 14,197
Female: 14,358
Unknown: 291

Cases by age

Total active cases1129


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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.