June 15 COVID-19 update: 31,160 total cases, 483 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:08 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 16:46:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional 728 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tennessee on Monday.

The state has had a total of 31,160 cases since the outbreak began, which includes 30,951 confirmed cases and 209 probable cases.

Cases that are deemed probable have not tested positive in a diagnostic test but may have tested positive in a different test such as an antibody or serologic test. Probable cases can also be cases that were never tested but exhibited factors consistent with an infection, like symptoms or close contact with a confirmed case.

As of Monday, 20,062 people are now considered recovered from the virus.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 483 deaths and 2,106 hospitalizations due to the novel coronavirus.

Nearly 630,000 tests for COVID-19 have been administered.

Metro health officials reported an additional 300 cases on Monday, but 200 of theses cases were from tests conducted in early June and were delayed in reporting.

Davidson County has had a total of 7,185 cases since the outbreak began, including both confirmed and probable cases.

As of Monday, 5,498 people in Davidson County have recovered from the virus.

Health officials said 80 people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have died from the virus and three other deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper held one of his twice-weekly updates on the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday morning.

Watch the full update below:

He was joined by Dr. Alex Jahangir, chairman of Nashville's coronavirus task force, Hugh Atkins, director of Metro Public Health Department's environmental health services bureau, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president and CEO of Meharry Medical College, and Francois Mignon, founder and CEO of the Cupcake Collection.

Cases by sex
Male: 3,829
Female: 3,136
Unknown: 220

Total active cases1,604

Total number of people testedTotal positive/probable casesTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.