August 7 COVID-19 update: 2,432 new cases, 20 deaths reported statewide last 24 hours

Metro reports 199 new cases in 24 hours
Posted at 9:41 AM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 15:12:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,432 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday afternoon.

Statewide there has been a total of 118,782 cases reported, 117,087 of which are confirmed and 79,357 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. As of August 7, there are 38,219 active cases in the state. The number of statewide active cases has steadily been on the decline for the past week, but on Thursday and Friday, that number began to rise again.

Twenty additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Friday by the health department. In Tennessee, 1,206 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. This week is now the deadliest week on record for Tennessee. On Thursday a record number of 42 deaths were reported.

TDH said 5,190 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the outbreak began, an increase in 81 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro health officials reported 199 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 22,446.

Of the total cases, 22,401 are confirmed and 3,165 remain active. Active cases in Nashville have been declining for the past week, but Friday's update is a slight increase in active cases reported in the last 24 hours.

There are 19,077 Nashvillians now considered recovered from COVID-19.

Metro health officials said 204 deaths overall have been attributed to COVID-19. No additional coronavirus-related deaths in Davidson County were reported on Friday.

In Nashville's roadmap to reopening, four of the key metrics are now in yellow and four are in green.

Metro's percentage of available hospital and ICU beds have been fluctuating in recent weeks. As of August 7 available hospital beds stands at 15% and available ICU beds rose slightly to 14%.

Below are details on cases in Nashville from the Metro Public Health Department:

New cases per 100,000 people: 24.8
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11.8

Cases by sex:
Male: 11,202
Female: 10,945
Unknown: 299

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,165

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.