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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for September 20


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for September 20

* PLEASE NOTE…Fifty-five of the 75 positive cases in today’s report involve tests among college students, the majority of which occurred back in August.   A lab that conducted the tests used the student’s permanent address so positive and negative test results were not initially included among Davidson County’s numbers.  Cases are counted based on where an individual currently resides and not their permanent address. The Tennessee Department of Health notified us about the error.  More than 11,000 negative test results were also added to today’s report as a result of the error.

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 27,847 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There has been one 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.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 28,002 cases, an increase of 75* 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.

There have been two additional confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 81-year-old woman, and a 90-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

A total of two-hundred forty-nine (249) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 260 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

26,810 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.30

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 18 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 35 calls on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

Total number of cases: 28,002
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 75

Cases by sex
Male: 13,801
Female: 13,913
Unknown: 288

Cases by age

Unknown 57
0-10 1,361
11-20 2,956
21-30 8,260
31-40 5,654
41-50 3,886
51-60 2,799
61-70 1,732
71-80 795
81+ 502
Total 28,002
Inactive/Recovered 26,810
Deaths 260
Total active cases 932


Total number of tests conducted Total positive/probable results Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
351,482 35,099 316,383 9.99%


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.