June 20 COVID-19 update: 34,446 total cases, 524 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:39 AM, Jun 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-20 16:06:35-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has reported 429 additional cases of COVID-19 across the state, bringing the total number of cases to 34,446.

TDOH officials released the most recent data Saturday, saying of those reported cases 34,207 are confirmed and 239 are probable. As of Saturday, there have been 524 deaths, with 503 of those confirmed and 21 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 state said there have been 2,266 hospitalizations and 22,838 have recovered.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported an additional 279 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials have reported a total of 7,986 cases. Of those, 7,977 are confirmed cases.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. Eighty-seven people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials said 90 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Of those who've tested positive, 5,801 individuals have recovered from the virus. The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 167 calls on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Available hospital beds: 24 percent
Available ICU beds: 25 percent

Total number of cases: 7,986
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 279

Cases by sex
Male: 4,240
Female: 3,513
Unknown: 233

Total cases by age

Total active cases2,095

On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,188 additional cases across the state, making it the the largest single-day increase in total cases since the pandemic began.


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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.