September 5 COVID-19 update: 162,362 total cases, 1,862 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-05 15:16:36-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,765 additional COVID-19 cases today, along with 25 new deaths.

This brings the state's total count to 162,362 cases so far, including 1,862 deaths.

The state also reported 846 current hospitalizations and 144,383 total recoveries so far.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 26,188 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nashville. Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 26,314 cases, an increase of 35 in the past 24 hours.

Health officials said there have been two new probable cases in the past 24 hours. Right now, there are 926 active cases in Davidson County.

Officials also noted that Davidson County’s case total was reduced by a net of 38 cases as a result of data quality control efforts at the Tennessee Department of Health. The cases that have been removed had been assigned to Nashville and Davidson County at varying times throughout the outbreak.

Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but do have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she meets the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, if a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

One confirmed death was reported, a 94-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of Saturday, 230 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 241 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 25,147 individuals have recovered.

Metro also confirmed the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 14.17
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 35 calls on Friday, September 4, 2020.

Total number of cases: 26,314
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 35

Cases by sex
Male: 13,115
Female: 12,914
Unknown: 285

Cases by age

Total active cases926


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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.