August 19 COVID-19 update: 2,022 new cases, 26 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro reports 182 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 10:11:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,022 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state's overall total of cases ever reported to 137,800.

Of the total number of cases, 99,085 people are now considered recovered and 37,263 cases remain active as of August 19.

Twenty-six additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Wednesday. TDH has attributed 1,452 deaths to COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

TDH said 6,069 people have been hospitalized for the virus in the state, an increase of 88 people since Tuesday's coronavirus update.

Metro Public Health officials reported 182 new cases of COVID-19. Two additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, this brings Davidson County’s total to 24,696. Of those total cases, 24,607 are confirmed.

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.

Health officials said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 63-year-old woman with underlying health conditions and an 87-year-old man with a pending medical history. There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

As of Wednesday, 214 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 223 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 21,759 individuals have recovered. Right now, there are 2,714 total active cases.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 24.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 43 calls on Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Total number of cases: 24,696
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 182

Cases by sex
Male: 12,331
Female: 12,062
Unknown: 303

Deaths by race
Asian 6
Black/African American 87
Other 14
White 113
Pending 3

Cases by race
Asian 2.1%
Black/African American 17.4%
Other Race 20.9%
Pending 18.6%
Two or More Races 0.4%
Unknown 10.8%
White 29.8%

Deaths by ZIP code
37013 - 36
37211 - 34
37115 - 23
37207 - 17
37214 - 10

Please note: ZIP codes are suppressed under 10 cases.

Cases by age

Total active cases2,714

On Tuesday, the state reported its second-highest number of single-day deaths.


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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.