July 12 COVID-19 update: 61,960 total cases, 741 deaths reported in Tennessee

Posted at 10:03 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 15:16:55-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 954 additional cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the state's total to 61,960. The department also said 3 more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Officials have reported 741 deaths related to coronavirus since the pandemic began. There have been 3,250 hospitalizations and 35,855 recoveries.

Earlier today Metro Nashville health officials reported 219 additional cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. Including both confirmed and probable cases, that brings the total to 14,538 cases. Of those, 14,521 are confirmed cases.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 years.

An additional confirmed death was reported in the last 24 hours. He was a 60-year-old male with underlying health conditions.

As of Sunday, 138 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 141 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 9,165 individuals have recovered.

Metro health officials also released the following data:

Available hospital beds: 21 percent
Available ICU beds: 25 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 64 calls on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 14,538
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 219

Cases by sex
Male: 7,556
Female: 6,718
Unknown: 264

Total cases by age

Total active cases5,232


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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.