September 8 COVID-19 update: 645 new cases, 27 additional deaths in Tennessee

Metro reports 141 new cases in past 24 hours
Posted at 9:37 AM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 15:04:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 645 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The department said the lower number of new cases is a result of a low volume of lab reports received during the Labor Day weekend.

The state has reported a total of 165,754 cases since the pandemic began. Of those cases, 15,693 remain active and 148,165 Tennesseans are now considered recovered.

Twenty-seven additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday. TDH has attributed 1,896 deaths to the virus.

The health department said there are currently 844 people being treated in Tennessee hospitals for COVID-19, an increase of 18 people in the last 24 hours.

Metro Public Health officials reported 141 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 26,827. No additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.

Right now there are 1,124 active cases. Health officials said there have been four new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

As of Tuesday, 232 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 243 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

So far, 25,460 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.08
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 17 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was closed on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Total number of cases: 26,827
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 141

Cases by sex
Male: 13,309
Female: 13,233
Unknown: 285

Cases by age

Total active cases1,124


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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.