October 31 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports deadliest week, month of pandemic – NewsChannel5.com

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee saw its deadliest week of the pandemic this week, with 253 additional deaths reported. October was the state’s worst month in terms of new deaths and new cases.

Saturday the Department of Health reported an additional 1,184 COVID-19 cases, along with 12 deaths.

This is the third highest week of new COVID cases, with 16,585 reported across the state.

There have been 260,672 cases in total, including 231,887 recoveries.

So far 3,353 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

COVID-19 deaths in Tennessee by week

The state is also setting new records in terms of hospitalizations. There are at least 1,399 confirmed cases hospitalized, which doesn’t include reports from every hospital.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials have reported 238 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with four additional deaths.

Today’s update brings Davidson County’s total number of cases to 34,900. Right now, there are 2,415 active cases and 32,176 have since recovered.

Four additional confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 54-year-old male, a 59-year-old male, a 75-year-old male and a 98-year-old female, all of whom had underlying health conditions.

As of Friday, 298 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 309 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 33.91
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 213 calls on Friday, October 30, 2020.

Total number of cases: 34,900
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 238

Cases by sex
Male: 17,066
Female: 17,523
Unknown: 311

Cases by age

Unknown 62
0-10 1,679
11-20 3,819
21-30 10,269
31-40 6,979
41-50 4,747
51-60 3,561
61-70 2,159
71-80 1,017
81+ 608
Total 34,900
Inactive/Recovered 32,176
Deaths 309
Total active cases 2,415


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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.


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