August 6 COVID-19 update: Record 42 deaths reported in last 24 hours; active cases higher statewide

Metro adds 250 new cases; two key metrics added to track spread
Posted at 9:26 AM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 15:57:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,252 additional cases of COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon.

The state has reported a total of 116,350 cases since the outbreak began, 114,801 of which are confirmed cases, and 77,558 Tennesseans are now considered recovered. There are now 37,606 active cases in Tennessee, a number that is slightly higher than Wednesday's active cases.

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Forty-two additional COVID-19-related deaths were reported Thursday, the highest single-day number of deaths reported for Tennessee. TDH has attributed 1,186 deaths to the novel coronavirus in total.

As of August 6, 5,109 people have ever been hospitalized for COVID-19 statewide, an increase of 108 people in the last 24 hours.

Earlier in the day, Metro Health officials reported 250 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total cases ever reported in Davidson County to 22,247.

The total number of cases reported includes 22,204 confirmed cases and 18,952 Nashvillians are now considered recovered. As of August 6, there are 3,091 active COVID-19 cases, which has been steadily declining for the past week.

Two additional coronavirus-related death was reported on Wednesday, a 39-year-old man and a 55-year-old man. In Davidson County, 204 deaths have been attributed to the novel coronavirus.

ICU bed availability has risen slightly to 13% while hospital bed availability has dipped slightly to 15%.

There are currently 179 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county and the number of people ever hospitalized in Nashville for the virus is 725.

Metro has added two additional key metrics to the roadmap for reopening Nashville, one of which is in the red.


Mayor John Cooper held his second briefing this week on the virus. Watch the full update below:

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 26.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11.5
Available hospital beds: 15%
Available ICU beds: 13%

Cases by sex:
Male: 11,111
Female: 10,841
Unknown: 295

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,091

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


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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.