August 11 COVID-19 update: TDH reports 1K new cases, 38 additional deaths

Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 16:53:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,001 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the state's overall total number of cases to 124,915.

As of August 11, there are 38,331 active cases statewide. Of the total number of cases, 123,006 are confirmed and 85,313 people are now considered recovered.

Thirty-eight additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Tuesday, the second-highest single-day increase in deaths reported for the state. TDH said 1,271 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Statewide, 5,464 people have been hospitalized for COVID-19, an increase of 125 people in the last day, which is Tennessee's highest single-day increase in hospitalizations.

Gov. Bill Lee held a press conference on COVID-19 in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon.

Watch the full briefing below:

Metro Public Health officials reported 114 new cases and three additional deaths in the past 24 hours.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials reported a total of 23,305 cases. Of those total cases, 23,254 are confirmed.

Officials said three additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 66-year-old woman, a 72-year-old man and a 73-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

Dr. Michael Caldwell, director of the Metro Public Health Department, said there are 2,928 active cases -- the lowest number since July 1. Caldwell also said the transmission rate is currently .80, which is a record low.

Interim Metro Nashville police chief John Drake said officers have made four arrests and issued 58 citations since last Thursday while enforcing the city's mask mandate. Drake said 49 officers have tested positive for the virus. Twenty-five have recovered and have since returned to work.

Watch the full briefing below:

New cases per 100,000 people: 28.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 13.2

Available hospital beds: 16 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 61 calls on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Total number of cases: 23,305
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 114

Cases by sex
Male: 11,680
Female: 11,317
Unknown: 308

Cases by age

Total active cases2,928

Metro also released this week's heat maps which show cumulative cases (active, recovered, and deceased) and active cases as of August 10. The latter map indicates that the concentration of active cases appears to be declining in downtown.


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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.