July 2 COVID-19 update: 46,890 total cases, 620 deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports highest single-case count in 24 hours
Posted at 8:37 AM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-02 17:08:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,575 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 46,890.

TDOH officials said of those cases, 46,520 are confirmed and 370 are probable. Statewide, 620 deaths have been reported -- 594 are confirmed and 26 are probable.

The department reported 2,775 hospitalizations and said 28,938 have recovered so far.

Earlier in the day, Metro Nashville Public Health officials reported 608 additional cases, marking its highest single-case count. Nashville Mayor John Cooper says the city will return to a modified Phase Two as cases skyrocket.

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Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials announced a total of 10,756 cases. Of new cases, 140 are tied to the recent testing operation at the Davidson County Sherriff’s Office’s facility.

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.

There have been three new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, an 80-year-old male, an 86-year-old male and a 96-year-old female, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 108 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 111 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

So far, 7,473 individuals have recovered from the virus.

Available hospital beds: 21 percent
Available ICU beds: 24 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 271 calls on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Total number of cases: 10,756
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 608

Cases by sex
Male: 5,658
Female: 4,859
Unknown: 239

Total Cases by age

Total active cases3,172

On Wednesday, the state reported 1,806 new cases -- its highest 24-hour increase since the pandemic began. As of Wednesday, the state health department reported 609 deaths.


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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.