July 28 COVID-19 update: State reports 2,555 new COVID-19 cases, 21 new deaths

Posted at 9:14 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 10:07:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,555 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. A total of 99,044 cases have been reported statewide, including confirmed and probable cases.

Twenty-one additional deaths were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 999. An additional 92 hospitalizations were reported, raising the total to 4,372.

Initially, TDH officials only released only the number of additional cases due to technical difficulties. Daily COVID-19 updates are released at 2 p.m. each day. Tuesday's full update wasn't released until 9 p.m.

Metro Public Health officials reported 363 new cases of COVID-19 and the health department said 12 additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials reported a total of 20,517 cases. Of those, 20,488 are confirmed and 29 are probable.

Metro said there has been one new probable death reported, a 94-year-old man, with underlying health conditions. Eleven additional confirmed deaths were also reported -- a 59-year-old female, 69-year-old female, 62-year-old female, 71-year-old female, 84-year-old female, 86-year-old female, 66-year-old female, 77-year-old man, 57-year-old man, and an 83-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions. Health officials said there was a death of a 53-year-old man, with a pending medical history.

As of Tuesday, 180 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 189 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper said the city's 14-day rolling average has improved and the transmission rate has dropped below 1.0. Cooper said even though we've moved from red to yellow in a few key metrics, we can't afford to regress. He said for now, the city will remain in its modified Phase Two.

The public health order that requires bars, limited service restaurants and transportainment vehicles to close will be extended until at least midnight on August 16. The order also requires all restaurants to close their dining rooms at 10 p.m.

Available hospital beds: 18 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 87 calls on Monday, July 27, 2020.
So far, 14,987 individuals have recovered.

Total number of cases: 20,517
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 363

Cases by sexMale: 10,345
Female: 9,889
Unknown: 283

Total Cases by age

Total active cases5,341

Metro released its updated heat maps on Tuesday showing cumulative cases (active, recovered and deceased) and active cases as of July 27.


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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.