Aug. 2 Metro COVID-19 update: 109,627 cases, 1,073 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:36 AM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 15:07:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,443 additional COVID-19 cases and 6 new deaths Sunday.

This brings the state's total case count to 109,627 since the pandemic began.

There have been 1,073 deaths reported, along with 68,471 recoveries.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 165 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 21,575. Of those total cases, 21,536 are confirmed. Health officials said there have not been any probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but do have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she meets the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, if a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

Metro Health said no deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

As of Sunday, 185 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 194 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 16,812 individuals have recovered.

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 20 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 17 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 16 calls on Saturday, August 1, 2020.

Total number of cases: 21,575
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 165

The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 years.

Cases by sex
Male: 10,810
Female: 10,481
Unknown: 284

Total Cases by age

Total active cases4,569

On Friday, Metro extended the public health order that requires restaurants to close dine-service at 10 p.m. until August 16. Metro Health also amended the order, closing all transpotainment businesses until that date.


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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.