August 22 COVID-19 update: 142,083 total cases, 1,563 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:36 AM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 15:06:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,239 additional cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 14 new deaths.

This brings the state's total case count to 142,083, including 1,563 deaths.

The state has reported 6,328 hospitalizations and 103,426 recoveries.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 188 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 25,046. One additional death has been reported in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, the county's total is 25,144.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 103 years. Metro health 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.

The department said one additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 58-year-old male with a pending medical history.

As of Friday, 217 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 226 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 22,278 individuals have recovered. Right now, there are 2,640 active cases.

Metro also shared the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 22.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 16 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 30 calls on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Total number of cases: 25,144
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 188

Cases by sex
Male: 12,581
Female: 12,267
Unknown: 296

Cases by age

Total active cases2,640


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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.