July 27 COVID-19 update: 2,553 new cases, 11 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 12% ICU bed availability, 410 new cases in 24 hours
Posted at 9:36 AM, Jul 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-27 15:02:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,553 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

Statewide, there have been a total of 96,489 cases reported, including confirmed and probable, and 57,239 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Eleven additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Monday in Tennessee. The state has reported 978 total deaths from COVID-19 since the outbreak began.

TDH said 4,280 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 36 people since Sunday's update.

Metro Public Health officials reported 410 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials reported a total of 20,154 cases on Monday. Of those, 20,127 are confirmed cases and 27 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.

Hospital and ICU bed availability are still below the targeted goal of 20%.

There have been no additional deaths in the past 24 hours. As of Monday, 169 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 177 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 14,427 individuals have recovered. Click here for additional resources from Metro Nashville.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center also shared new data on Monday, saying the 7-day moving average had dropped below a month-long threshold level -- evidence that mask wearing "may be paying off."

Available hospital beds: 17 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 14 calls on Sunday, July 26, 2020.

Total number of cases: 20,154
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 410

Cases by sex
Male: 10,179
Female: 9,693
Unknown: 282

Total cases by age

Total active cases5,550

On Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported its second-highest number of daily 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.