September 29 COVID-19 update: 879 new cases, 31 additional deaths in Tennessee

65 new cases, 1 additional death in Davidson County
Posted at 9:41 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 15:02:22-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 879 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 194,611.

Of the cases, 14,246 remain active and 177,945 Tennesseans are considered recovered from the virus.

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Thirty-one additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday. TDH has attributed 2,420 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, there are 795 people currently hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 27 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro health officials reported 65 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Davidson County has reported a total of 28,911 cases since the outbreak began. Of those cases, 1,075 remain active and 27,562 Nashvillians are recovered or have an inactive case of the virus.

One additional coronavirus-related death was reported, a 74-year-old man with existing health conditions. The Metro Public Health Department said 263 people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including confirmed and probable cases, MPHD has attributed 274 deaths to the virus.

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.

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 14.62
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 17 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 14,230
Female: 14,389
Unknown: 292

Cases by age:

Total active cases1,075

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.