July 22 COVID-19 update: TN reaches highest single day hospitalization increase of 109 people

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 17:42:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 109 COVID-19 hospitalizations, which is the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the pandemic.

As of Wednesday, a total of 84,417 people have tested positive for COVID-19 including 888 deaths, 3,907 hospitalizations and 49,748 people who have recovered.

Metro Public Health officials reported 347 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 18,423.

Of those total cases, Metro officials said 18,401 are confirmed and 22 are probable.

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.

Health officials said six additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 58-year-old man, a 63-year-old woman, a 70-year-old man, a 76-year-old woman, a 79-year-old man and an 83-year-old man, all of whom had underlying health conditions. They said a seventh death was listed as a probable virus-related death -- an 81-year-old man with a pending medical record.

As of Wednesday, 161 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 167 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 12,717 individuals have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

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

Currently hospitalized: 214
Testing percent positive: 7-day average at 15%

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 107 calls on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Total number of cases: 18,423
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 347

Cases by sex
Male: 9,406
Female: 8,743
Unknown: 274

Deaths by race
Asian 5
Black/African American 66
Other 8
White 88

Cases by race
Asian 2.3%
Black/African American 15.0%
Other Race 21.3%
Pending 27.6%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 5.7%
White 27.7%

Total Cases by age

Total active cases5,539


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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.