July 15 COVID-19 update: 69,061 total cases, 783 deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 284 new cases, 5 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 15:19:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,273 additional COVID-19 cases on July 15.

By Wednesday, the health department has reported 8,055 new cases this week. On Monday the state broke its record for single-day cases reported at 3,314.

Statewide, TDH has reported a total of 69,061 cases, including both confirmed and probable, and 39,857 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

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.

As of Wednesday, 783 Tennesseans have died from COVID-19, the state reported. This is an increase of 16 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

The state also reported a total of 3,434 hospitalizations for COVID-19. Daily hospitalizations of people with a confirmed case are up 138% in the last month, according to data provided by TDH.

In Davidson County, Metro Public Health officials reported 284 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The department said five additional deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro health officials announced a total of 15,757 cases, of which 15,739 are confirmed cases.

Health officials said the additional deaths included a 68-year-old female, a 78-year-old female, a 78-year-old male and an 80-year-old male with underlying health concerns, in addition to a 66-year-old female with a pending medical history,

As of Wednesday, 145 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 148 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 10,390 individuals have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

Available hospital beds: 20 percent
Available ICU beds: 23 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 121 calls on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Total number of cases: 15,757
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 284

Cases by sex
Male: 8,169
Female: 7,320
Unknown: 268

Deaths by race
Asian 4
Black/African American 61
Other 7
White 76

Cases by race
Asian 2.5%
Black/African American 13.9%
Other Race 21.2%
Pending 27.9%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 6.2%
White 28.0%

Total cases by age

Total active cases5,219


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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.