June 23 COVID-19 update: 36,303 total cases, 542 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:41 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 15:06:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed an additional 750 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Statewide there has been a total of 36,303 cases since the outbreak began, including both confirmed and probable cases, and 24,068 people have since recovered.

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.

As of Tuesday, 542 people have died and 2,336 people have been hospitalized statewide due to COVID-19.

More than 705,000 tests for the virus have been administered.

Gov. Bill Lee held his only update on the pandemic for the week on Tuesday morning.

Watch the full update below:

Metro Public Health officials have reported 76 additional cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials said there have been 8,267 total cases since the pandemic began.

Health officials said there have been two confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 55-year old male and a 67-year old male. Both had underlying health conditions.

Eighty-nine people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 92 deaths have been attributed to to the virus.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. As of Tuesday, 6,183 had recovered.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 302 calls on Monday, June 22, 2020.

Available hospital beds: 24 percent
Available ICU beds: 27 percent

Total number of cases: 8,267
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 76

Cases by sex
Male: 4,367
Female: 3,667
Unknown: 233

Total cases by age

Total active cases1,992

Metro also released its updated heat maps, which show cumulative and active cases.

One heatmap is cumulative (active, recovered, and deceased) and the other includes only active cases. Both graphics are updated as of June 20th, 2020. The darker red color on the maps indicates areas with higher numbers of cases.


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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.