July 10 COVID-19 update: Tennessee adds 1,955 new cases, second highest single-day increase

Metro adds 362 cases, ICU bed capacity under 20%
Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-10 15:14:22-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,955 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 59,546. The department said 13 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

TDOH officials released the latest data Friday, saying of those total cases, 59,085 are confirmed and 461 are probable.

The department said 723 deaths have been reported -- 697 are confirmed and 26 are probable. State health officials also reported 3,146 hospitalizations and said 34,740 have recovered.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 362 additional cases in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro health officials announced a total of 13,802 cases. Of those, 13,786 are confirmed cases. 16 are considered probable.

Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but might have tested positive in a different form of test like an antibody or serologic test. Probable cases also could refer to cases that were never tested but exhibited the factors consistent with a COVID-19 infection, like symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases.

An additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 81-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Friday, 130 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 133 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Right now, the number of available ICU beds is under 20% capacity. On July 8th, that number was at 25% capacity, and at 28% on July 7th.

Additionally, total available hospital bed capacity has also dropped from 27% on July 7th to 18% today, according to Metro Nashville's daily report.

So far, 8,927 individuals have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

Available hospital beds: 18 percent
Available ICU beds: 19 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 221 calls on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Total number of cases: 13,802
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 362

Cases by sex
Male: 7,161
Female: 6,377
Unknown: 264

Total Cases by age

Total active cases4,742

On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,605 new cases, bringing the state's total to 57,591. The department also said 25 additional deaths were reported.


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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.