August 26 COVID-19 update: 1,936 new cases, 20 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro's number of active cases drops below 2,000
Posted at 9:38 AM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 15:04:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,936 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the state's total number of cases ever reported to 147,353.

Of the total number of cases, 109,765 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 35,940 cases remain active.

Twenty additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Wednesday. TDH has attributed 1,648 deaths to COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

Statewide, 6,603 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 88 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 68 new cases of COVID-19. The health department said two additional deaths were reported.

The number of active cases in Davidson County has dropped to 1,952. On Tuesday, there were 2,093 active cases.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials said Wednesday's update brings the county's total number of cases to 25,452.

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 past 24 hours, a 69-year-old man with underlying health conditions and a 94-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Wednesday, 222 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable deaths, 231 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 23,269 Nashvillians are considered recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 19.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 37 calls on Tuesday, August 25, 2020.

Total number of cases: 25,452
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 68

Cases by sex
Male: 12,727
Female: 12,429
Unknown: 296

Deaths by Race
Asian 6
Black/African American 88
Other 14
White 119
Pending 4

Cases by Race
Asian 2.1%
Black/African American 17.9%
Other Race 21.0%
Pending 17.4%
Two or More Races 0.4%
Unknown 10.3%
White 30.8%

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 37
37211 33
37115 23
37207 18
37214 10
37218 10

Cases by age

Total active cases1,952


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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.