July 17 COVID-19 update: 2,279 new cases, 19 deaths reported in Tennessee in 24 hours

Metro's hospital, ICU bed capacity below 20%
Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 15:16:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,279 additional cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the state's total to 73,819. The department said 19 deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

TDOH officials said of those total cases, 73,138 are confirmed and 681 are probable. As of Friday, 815 deaths had been reported statewide -- of those, 785 are confirmed and 30 are probable.

The department reported 3,562 hospitalizations and said 42,734 have recovered.

This week, the state set new records for new cases, total active cases and hospitalizations.

Earlier in the day, Metro Nashville reported an additional 453 cases. Including both confirmed and probable cases, this brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 16,532. Of those cases, 16,512 are confirmed.

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 officials said there have been three additional confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 81-year-old woman, a 91-year-old man and a 97-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Friday, 150 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 154 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 11,088 individuals have recovered.

Metro also reported the following data:

Available hospital beds: 18 percent
Available ICU beds: 17 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 104 calls on Thursday, July 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 16,532
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 453

Cases by sex
Male: 8,518
Female: 7,753
Unknown: 261

Total Cases by age

Total active cases5,290

On Thursday, Tennessee reported its second-highest single-day number of new cases.


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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.