June 12 COVID-19 update: 29,126 total cases, 447 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:36 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 17:36:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 29,126 total cases of COVID-19 across the state. The department said 447 deaths have been reported statewide.

TDOH officials said Friday that there have been 2,049 hospitalizations and 19,425 have recovered.

The department also said it's now sharing additional data to "provide a more comprehensive look at the pandemic in Tennessee." The new format will include both laboratory-confirmed cases and probable cases. As of today, there are 202 probable cases in the state.

“We want to present a clear picture of the burden of COVID-19 on our state, and we want Tennesseans to understand the reason it may appear that we’ve had an increase in our cases and tests completed,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. Read more here.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates looked at the numbers and found that the sudden addition of these numbers today skews some of the statistics, but that active cases have hit a new peak and that the number of new hospitalizations remains high.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health Department officials confirmed 6,734 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 107 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. Eighty people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19 and 5,249 have recovered from the virus.

Available hospital beds: 20 percent
Available ICU beds: 22 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 135 calls on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 6,734
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 107

Cases by sex
Male: 3,596
Female: 2,932
Unknown: 206

Total cases by age

Total active cases1,405

On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 28,340 total cases across the state. The state has reported 441 deaths and 18,922 people are now considered recovered.


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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.