June 24 COVID-19 update: 37,235 total cases, 556 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 15:08:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported an additional 932 cases of COVID-19 statewide on Wednesday.

There have been a total of 37,235 cases in the state since the outbreak began, which includes 266 probable cases. As of Wednesday, 24,693 Tennesseans have recovered.

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.

Statewide, 556 people have died and 2,386 have been hospitalized for COVID-19.

In Davidson County, Metro Public Health Department officials reported an additional 138 cases of COVID-19.

Davidson County has had a total of 8,405 cases since the outbreak began, including both confirmed and probable, and 6,283 people have since recovered.

Metro health officials reported 95 COVID-19-related deaths in Davidson County, an increase of three in the last 24 hours.

Health officials released the following data on Davidson County's confirmed cases:

Available hospital beds: 21 percent
Available ICU beds: 23 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 204 calls on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

Total number of cases: 8,405
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 138

Cases by sex
Male: 4,433
Female: 3,741
Unknown: 231

Deaths by race
Asian 3
Black/African American 35
Other 5
White 52

Cases by race
Asian 3.9%
Black/African American 14.5%
Other Race 21.2%
Pending 20.9%
Two or More Races 0.4%
White 32.3%

Total cases by age

Total active cases2,027


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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.