August 5 COVID-19: 1,657 new cases, 27 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Posted at 9:40 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 15:03:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,657 additional COVID-19 cases on Wednesday.

Statewide, there have been a total of 114,098 cases reported since the outbreak began and 75,550 Tennesseans are now considered recovered. As of August 5, there are 37,404 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee.

THD reported 27 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday. Overall, 1,114 deaths in the state have been attributed to the virus.

An additional 101 hospitalizations were also reported and statewide 5,001 total people have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

Metro health officials reported 118 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases ever reported in Davidson County to 21,997.

Of those total cases, 21,957 are confirmed and 18,579 Nashvillians are now considered recovered from the virus.

The number of active cases is now at 3,216, which has continued to decline over the last week.

Three additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported on Wednesday, a 69-year-old man, a 75-year-old woman and a 77-year-old man. A total of 202 deaths in Davidson County have been attributed to the coronavirus.

Four of Nashville's six key metrics in the roadmap to reopening remain in the green, but, available hospital and ICU beds have dropped in the last 24 hours with 16% and 10% available respectively.


Below is data released from the Metro Public Health Department on cases in Davidson County:

Available hospital beds: 16 percent

Available ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 58 calls on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Total number of cases: 21,997Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 118

Cases by sex
Male: 10,989
Female: 10,714
Unknown: 294

Deaths by Race
Asian: 5
Black/African American: 78
Other: 13
White: 103
Pending: 3

Cases by Race
Asian: 2.1%
Black/African American: 16.0%
Other Race: 20.7%
Pending: 22.8%
Two or More Races: 0.4%
Unknown: 9.5%
White: 28.5%

Deaths by ZIP code*:

ZIP CodeDeaths Among Cases

*Due to HIPAA, zip codes with fewer than 10 deaths are not included in the report.

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,216

Total number of people testedTotal positive/probable casesTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,805 additional cases and 25 additional deaths. The state reported a total of 112,441 cases and 1,117 deaths since the outbreak began.


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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.