August 3 COVID-19 update: 1,009 new cases, 19 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

ICU bed availability under 20% in Metro but improving
Posted at 9:38 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 15:06:18-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,009 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 110,636. The department said 19 additional deaths were reported.

TDOH released the latest data, saying of those total cases, 109,325 are confirmed and 1,311 are probable. The department reported 1,092 total deaths statewide -- 1,055 of those being confirmed and 37 are probable.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 195 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 21,770. Of those total cases, Metro said 21,730 were confirmed and 40 are probable.

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 an additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 73-year-old woman with a pending medical history. As of Monday, 186 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 195 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 17,357 have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

Available hospital beds: 19 percent
Available ICU beds: 18 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 21 calls on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

Total number of cases: 21,770
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 195

Cases by sex
Male: 10,899
Female: 10,584
Unknown: 287

Total Cases by age

Total active cases4,218

With Friday's update from the Tennessee Department of Health, there are now no counties in the Volunteer State with what are considered to be acceptable rates of COVID-19 transmission.


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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.