June 19 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports largest single-day increase since pandemic began

Posted at 9:42 AM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 16:02:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 1,188 additional cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee, bringing the state's total number of cases to 34,017. This is the the largest single-day increase in total cases since the pandemic began.

The department said 515 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials released the latest data Friday, saying of those total cases, 33,776 are confirmed and 241 are probable cases. Of the total deaths, 494 are confirmed to be COVID-19-related and 21 are probable deaths.

Earlier in the day, Metro Nashville Public Health officials have confirmed 157 additional cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County.

Health officials said of those total cases 7,696 were confirmed and 11 were probable.

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.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. Health officials said an additional death was reported in a person who previously tested positive for COVID-19. They said the 84-year-old man had underlying health conditions.

Eighty-seven people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 90 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Officials said 5,706 individuals have recovered.

Available hospital beds: 25 percent
Available ICU beds: 20 percent
Total number of cases: 7,707Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 157

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 178 calls on Thursday, June 18, 2020.

Cases by sex
Male: 4,088
Female: 3,392
Unknown: 227

Total cases by age

Total active cases1,911

On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 686 additional cases, bringing the state's total to 32,829. Of those cases, 32,595 are confirmed and 234 are probable cases. The department said 509 deaths have been reported -- of those, 488 are confirmed and 21 are probable.

The state reported 2,209 hospitalizations. As of Thursday, 21,949 had recovered from the virus.


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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.