September 1 COVID-19 update: 1,396 new cases, 27 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 44 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:40 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 15:03:49-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,396 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The state has reported a total of 156,329 cases since the outbreak began.

Of those cases, 35,663 remain active and 118,885 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Twenty-seven additional deaths were reported Tuesday. TDH has attributed a total of 1,781 deaths to COVID-19.

Statewide, 6,978 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 100 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Nashville Public Health officials reported 44 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 26,019. The department said two additional deaths have been reported.

Today marks the third straight day that Metro has reported less than 100 new cases. Right now, there are 1,380 active cases, and so far, 24,400 have recovered from the virus.

Metro officials said two additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 78-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.

As of September 1, 228 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 239 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 16.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 33 calls on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Total number of cases: 26,019
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 44

Cases by sex
Male: 12,987
Female: 12,750
Unknown: 282

Cases by age

Total active cases1,380

Nashville also began its modified Phase Two plan on Tuesday. Under the changes, weddings, funerals, and other ceremonial events held at venues can be held at on-third capacity up to a max of 125 people, with face masks and social distancing in use.

Also, limited-service restaurants will be able to expand the capacity of outdoor and rooftop areas to 25 people. Bar counter seating can be opened to customers, but standing at the counters is still not permitted.

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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.