July 31 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,088 new cases, 27 deaths in 24 hours

132 new cases in Metro, 14-day average continues decline
Posted at 9:37 AM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 15:12:52-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,088 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday -- making it the third highest one-day case count since the pandemic began. The department said 27 additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

TDOH said the latest data brings the state's total number of cases to 105,959. Statewide, 1,060 total deaths have been reported.

The department also reported 4,661 hospitalizations and said 66,357 have recovered.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 132 new cases, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 21,060. Of those total cases, 21,023 are confirmed. Health officials said there have been two new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

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 health said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 77-year-old man with underlying health conditions and an 84-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Friday, 183 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 192 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

As Metro's 14-day average continues to decline, there's been a slight improvement in hospital and ICU bed availability. So far, 16,380 individuals have recovered.

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 55 calls on Thursday, July 30, 2020.

Total number of cases: 21,060
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 132

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

Cases by sex
Male: 10,582
Female: 10,196
Unknown: 282

Total Cases by age

Total active cases4,488

On Friday, Metro extended the public health order that requires restaurants to close dine-service at 10 p.m. until August 16. Metro Health also amended the order, closing all transpotainment businesses until that date.


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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.