August 13 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,118 new cases, 24 deaths in 24 hours

Metro reports 161 new cases on Thursday
Posted at 9:19 AM, Aug 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-13 16:59:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,118 additional cases of COVID-19 across the state Thursday. The department said 24 more deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

TDOH officials said 128,511 total cases have been reported since the pandemic began. Of those, 126,436 are confirmed and 2,075 are probable. The state's death toll has risen to 1,313.

The department also reported 94 new hospitalizations.

Gov. Bill Lee held a press conference to discuss COVID-19 in Tennessee and the reopening of schools.

Watch the full briefing below:

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 161 new cases in last 24 hours. Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials announced a total of 23,595 cases. Of those, 23,535 are confirmed. There have been five new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

No additional confirmed or probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

As of Thursday, 201 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 210 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 20,609 individuals have recovered.

Mayor John Cooper said starting Monday, limited service restaurants and bars may reopen with a maximum of 25 patrons or however many can be socially distanced. All customers must be seated and bar counters remain closed.

New cases per 100,000 people: 28.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 13.0

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 36 calls on Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Total number of cases: 23,595
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 161

Cases by sex
Male: 11,828
Female: 11,468
Unknown: 299

Cases by age

Total active cases2,776

Watch the full presser below:

On Wednesday, Metro reported that ICU bed availability had dipped to 10%. Bed availability below 10% is considered in the red for Nashville's key metrics, whereas the goal is 20%.

Statewide, there have been a total of 126,393 cases reported since the pandemic began and 87,290 Tennesseans have recovered. As of August 12, there were 37,814 active COVID-`19 cases in Tennessee.


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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.