July 8 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reaches new one-day record with 2,472 positive cases of COVID-19

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 09:35:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On Wednesday, Tennessee reached a new one-day record of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. Since Tuesday, 2,472 people tested positive for the virus, bringing the state total to 55,986.

A total of 685 people have died from the virus and there have been 3,023 hospitalizations. However, 32,736 people have recovered.

Metro Nashville health officials confirmed 400 additional cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, but more than 100 of those new cases are from a backlog dating back to June.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro health officials reported a total of 12,752 cases. Of those, 12,737 are confirmed and 15 are probable cases.

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.

Health officials also said 140 of the 400 new cases date back to mid to late June. The department said it's now working with a new lab and expects to eliminate or significantly reduce future reporting delays.

Two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 63–year-old woman with underlying health conditions and a 51-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Wednesday, 121 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 124 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 8,467 individuals have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 250 calls on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

Available hospital beds: 20 percent
Available ICU beds: 25 percent

Total number of cases: 12,752
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 400

Cases by sex
Male: 6,628
Female: 5,871
Unknown: 253

Deaths by Race
Asian 4
Black/African American 47
Other 5
White 58

Cases by Race
Asian 3.0%
Black/African American 13.6%
Other Race 21.4%
Pending 25.8%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 6.6%
White 29.4%

Total Cases by age

Total active cases4,161

Mayor John Cooper said during his briefing on Tuesday that the city is seeing a "dangerous new spike" in case numbers. As of Tuesday, Davidson County's 14-day case average and transmission rate had both increased.


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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.