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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for October 21


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for October 21

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 32,041 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been three new probable cases 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.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 32,310 cases, an increase of 110 in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 103 years.

There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

An additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 83-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

A total of two-hundred seventy-eight (278) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 289 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

30,127 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

New cases per 100,000 people: 27.78

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 15 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 233 calls on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

Total number of cases: 32,310
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 110
Cases by sex
Male: 15,822
Female: 16,184
Unknown: 304

Cases by Race

Asian                                                2.3%

Black or African American           19.6%

Other Race                                      19.2%

Pending                                           9.4%

Two or More Races                       0.6%

Unknown                                        11.7%

White                                               37.3%


Deaths by Race

Asian                                                10

Black or African American           107

Other                                               18

White                                               152

Pending                                           2

Deaths by Zip Code

37013                                               43

37211                                               40

37115                                               30

37207                                               23

37218                                               12

37214                                               12


Cases by age

Unknown 58
0-10 1,574
11-20 3,532
21-30 9,505
31-40 6,506
41-50 4,406
51-60 3,243
61-70 1,975
71-80 941
81+ 570
Total 32,310
Inactive/Recovered 30,127
Deaths 289
Total active cases 1,894


Total number of tests conducted Total positive/probable results Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
473,764 40,225 433,539 8.49%


Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others).
  • Gatherings are recommended to be kept at 25 people or fewer, to the extent possible. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 years of age or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.