Metro Health Dept. reports 254 new COVID-19 cases in Nashville

Coronavirus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — There are now 30,829 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County as of Tuesday, October 13, according to the Metro Public Health Department.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced an increase of 254 in the past 24 hours. There are currently 1,541 active cases.

No new confirmed or probable deaths were reported on Tuesday. There have been a total of 284 deaths in Davidson County.

A reported 29,004 individuals are labeled inactive/recovered from the virus.

The age range of patients is from one month old to 103 years old, 15,146 of which are men, 15,387 are women and the gender of 296 patients is unknown.

Of the 443,942 tests performed in the county, 38,488 (8.67%) had positive results.

The health department reported available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee are at 16% and available ICU beds are at 16%.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received six calls on Sunday, October 12.

To be tested at a Davidson County assessment center, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 615-862-7777 to speak with a health care professional.

Schools Moving Forward

Metro Nashville’s youngest students return to in-person learning this week.

Executive Principal Myra Taylor at Jones Paideia Elementary said it’s been a stressful process of preparing but educators are ready.

“In a lot of ways excited about the children coming back but also understanding the huge responsibility of making sure that everyone is safe,” Taylor said. “We have a dual focus. We definitely want to be safe – that’s the first thing. But, we’re also educating kids. That’s what we’re called to do so it’s really incredible, a little bit stressful trying to make sure all of the details are managed.”

Tennessee Titans vs. COVID-19

The NFL has given the Tennessee Titans the green light to play their rescheduled home game against the Buffalo Bills Tuesday night after no new coronavirus cases were reported among the team’s players or staffers.

The league confirmed Tuesday morning there were no new positives within the Titans organization following Monday’s round of testing.

Coronavirus in Tennessee

An unpublished report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force emphasizes the importance of wearing masks to slow the spread of COVID-19 in multiple “red zone” states, including Tennessee.

Tennessee is currently ranked number 14 on the list, which is topped by states including North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Following the release of the report, which also ranks counties, Nashville Mayor John Cooper noted “the most recent White House Task Force Report shows that Davidson County is not in the Yellow, Orange, or Red Zone based on White House criteria.”

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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