August 31 COVID-19 update: 1,818 new cases, 7 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Posted at 9:37 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 10:38:59-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,818 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. THD said of these new cases, 965 are associated with the South Central Correctional Facility in Wayne County.

The department also noted there was a disruption in laboratory reporting over the weekend that has resulted in a higher number of new cases on Monday.

The state has reported a total of 154,933 cases.

Of the total number of cases, 36,315 remain active while 116,864 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Seven additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Monday. TDH has attributed 1,754 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, 6,878 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 38 people since Sunday.

Metro Public Health officials reported 30 new cases of COVID-19. No additional deaths have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

Monday marks the fourth day in the last week that Metro reported less than 100 new cases. Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials said today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 25,975.

Right now, there are 1,400 active cases in Metro.

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.

As of Monday, 226 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 237 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 24,338 individuals have recovered from the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 17.8
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 3 calls on Sunday, August 30, 2020.

Total number of cases: 25,975
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 30

Cases by sex
Male: 12,963
Female: 12,726
Unknown: 286

Cases by age

Total active cases1,400


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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.