August 8 COVID-19 update: 120,585 cases, 1,215 deaths reported in Tennessee

The state reports 1,083 new cases in the last 24 hours
Posted at 9:38 AM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 15:22:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,803 new cases of COVID-19 today, along with 9 additional deaths.

The state's total case count is now at 120,585, including 1,215 deaths.

This was Tennessee's deadliest week of the pandemic regarding newly reported deaths.

There have been 5,262 hospitalizations and 80,340 recoveries.

Earlier today Metro Public Health Department officials announced 22,668 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in Nashville.

There has been one new probable case in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 22,714 cases, an increase of 268 in the past 24 hours.

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.
Metro Public Health Department

An additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

As of Saturday, 19,446 people have recovered from the virus in Nashville.

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

New cases per 100,000 people: 24.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 45 calls on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Total number of cases: 22,714
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 268

Cases by sex:
Male: 11,360
Female: 11,049
Unknown: 305

Cases by age:

Total active cases3,063


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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.