August 18 COVID-19 update: 1,034 new cases, 39 additional deaths reported in Tennessee

Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 18:11:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,034 additional COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the state's overall total of cases ever reported to 135,778.

Of the total number of cases, 96,896 people are now considered recovered and 37,456 cases remain active.

Thirty-nine additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday, which is the second-highest number of single-day deaths reported for Tennessee. The state has attributed 1,426 deaths to COVID-19.

THD said 5,981 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the outbreak began, an increase of 100 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 126 new cases in the past day. Six additional deaths were reported on Tuesday.

Today's new cases brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 24,514. Of those total cases, 24,433 are confirmed. There have been nine new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Six additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, including a 93-year-old woman and a 95-year-old woman with underlying health conditions, in addition to a 91-year-old man, a 94-year-old woman, a 97-year-old man and a 103-year-old woman with pending medical histories.

As of today, 212 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 221 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 21,551 individuals have recovered.

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New cases per 100,000 people: 27.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 56 calls on Monday, August 17, 2020.

Total number of cases: 24,514
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 126

Cases by sex
Male: 12,241
Female: 11,974
Unknown: 299

Cases by age

Total active cases2,742

Metro also released its updated heat maps on Tuesday, showing the number of cumulative cases (active, recovered, and deceased) and active cases as of 8/15/20.


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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.