July 30 COVID-19 update: 2,049 new cases, 13 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

14-day average of cases in Metro declining, but ICU availability low
Posted at 9:08 AM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 15:02:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,049 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's overall number of cases to 102,871.

There have been 101,728 confirmed and 1,143 probable cases reported in total, and 64,234 Tennesseans are now considered recovered. As of July 30, there are 37,604 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee.

Thirteen additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday. TDH said 1,033 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19 in the state.

TDH said 4,572 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 90 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 411 new cases in the past 48 hours. This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 20,928.

Metro did not release new data on Wednesday due to technical difficulties at the Tennessee Department of Health.

Even though ICU bed availability remains low at 12%, the 14-day average of positive cases continues to decline.

Of those total cases, 20,893 are confirmed. The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 years.

Metro says an additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 48 hours, an 83-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 181 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 190 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 15,956 individuals have recovered.

Available hospital beds: 16 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 63 calls on Wednesday, July 29, 2020.

Total number of cases: 20,928
Cases reported in the past 48 hours: 411

Cases by sex
Male: 10,522
Female: 10,128
Unknown: 278

Deaths by race
Asian 5
Black/African American 74
Other 13
White 97
Pending 1

Cases by race
Asian 2.1%
Black/African American 15.6%
Other Race 20.7%
Pending 24.5%
Two or More Races 0.4%
Unknown 8.8%
White 28.0%

Total cases by age

Total active cases4,782

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TDOH officials reported 1,778 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 100,822. Tennessee also passed the 1,000-death mark on Wednesday as 21 new COVID-19-related deaths were reported. In total, 1,020 people have died in the state.


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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.