August 25 COVID-19 update: 813 new cases, 40 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro reports 58 new cases, two additional deaths
Posted at 9:36 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 15:54:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 813 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The state has reported a total of 145,417 cases since the outbreak began.

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Of the total number of cases, 108,035 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 35,754 cases remain active.

Forty additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday. TDH has attributed 1,628 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, 6,515 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 94 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 58 new cases of COVID-19. The health department said two additional deaths were reported.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials said Tuesday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 25,384. As of August 25, there are 2,093 active cases in Metro Nashville.

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.

Two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.

As of Tuesday, 220 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable deaths, 229 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 23,062 Nashvillians are considered recovered.

Metro also released the following information:

New cases per 100,000 people: 20.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 37 calls on Monday, August 24, 2020.

Total number of cases: 25,384
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 58

Cases by sex
Male: 12,695
Female: 12,392
Unknown: 297

Cases by age

Total active cases2,093


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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.