August 14 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,947 new cases, 13 deaths

Metro's hospital and ICU bed availability below 15%
Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 15:12:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,947 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 13 more deaths had been reported in the past 24 hours.

TDOH officials said 130,458 total cases have been reported across the state. The number of deaths statewide has risen to 1,326.

The department said 77 new hospitalizations were reported.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 213 new cases. Both hospital and ICU bed availability remain below 15%.

Including confirmed and probable cases, the total number of cases in Davidson County has risen to 23,808. Of those total cases, 23,746 are confirmed. Health officials said there have been two new 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.

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

As of Friday, 201 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 210 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 20,837 individuals have recovered. There are 2,761 active cases.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 27.5

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.9

Available hospital beds: 14 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 48 calls on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

Total number of cases: 23,808
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 213

Cases by sex
Male: 11,923
Female: 11,585
Unknown: 300

Cases by age

Total active cases2,761


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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.