June 17 COVID-19 update: 32,143 total cases, 497 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:54 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 15:05:55-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional, 313 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed statewide, bringing the total number of cases in Tennessee since the outbreak began to 32,143.

In Tennessee, 21,282 people have since recovered from COVID-19.

The Tennessee Department of Health said the total number of cases includes both confirmed cases, 31,914, and probable cases, 229.

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 Wednesday, the state reported 497 deaths and 2,180 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus.

Almost 650,000 tests for COVID-19 have been administered statewide.

Metro health officials reported an additional 126 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Davidson County has had 7,483 cases since the outbreak began, including both confirmed and probable infections. As of Wednesday, 5,575 residents have recovered from the novel coronavirus.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. One new death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 85-year old man with underlying health conditions.

Eighty-six people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Health officials said, including both confirmed and probable cases, 89 deaths have been attributed to the virus. There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

Mayor John Cooper will give his second update this week on the pandemic on Thursday morning.

Health officials released the following data on cases that have been confirmed in Davidson County:

Available hospital beds: 25 percent
Available ICU beds: 23 percent

Total number of probable and confirmed cases: 7,483
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 126

Total cases by age

Total active cases1,819

Percentage of cases by race
Asian 4.2 %
Black/African American 12.4%
Other Race 19.7%
Pending 24%
Two or More Races 0.4%
Unknown 8.0%
White 30.9%

Deaths by Race
Asian 3
Black/African American 33
Other 5
White 48

Hispanic 12
Non-Hispanic 77


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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.