August 27 COVID-19 update: 1,826 new cases, 25 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Metro reports 137 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:17 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 15:03:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,826 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's total of cases ever reported to 149,179.

As of Thursday, 111,416 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 36,090 cases remain active.

Twenty-five additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on August 27. THD has attributed 1,673 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, 6,677 people have been hospitalized for the virus, an increase of 74 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 137 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials reported a total of 25,589 cases. Right now, there are 1,864 active cases.

Two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 66-year-old man and a 102-year-old man, both with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 224 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 233 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

So far, 23,492 individuals have recovered from the virus.

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New cases per 100,000 people: 18.4

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 9.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 15 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 30 calls on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Total number of cases: 25,589
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 137

Cases by sex
Male: 12,788
Female: 12,505
Unknown: 296

Cases by age

Total active cases1,864

Thursday’s update comes after Metro’s number of active cases dropped below 2,000 on Wednesday.


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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.