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Metro reports 245 new cases, 4 additional deaths

Tennessee reports 1,805 new cases, 25 additional deaths in 24 hours

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Public Health officials reported 245 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. Four additional deaths were also reported.

Including confirmed and probable cases, there are now 24,388 total cases in Davidson County. Of those, 24,316 are confirmed. Health officials said there have been five new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

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.

Four additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, an 87-year-old man with underlying health conditions, and a 41-year-old man, a 81-year-old man, and a 69 -year-old woman all with pending health conditions.

As of today, a total of 206 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 215 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Right now, there are 2,821 active cases and 21,352 total people have recovered.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 29.4

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 12.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 5 calls on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

Total number of cases: 24,388
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 245

Cases by sex
Male: 12,189
Female: 11,902
Unknown: 297

Cases by age

Unknown560-101,20311-202,50321-307,22131-404,94041-503,43151-602,42561-701,47371-8068881+448Total24,388Recovered21,352Deaths215Total active cases2,821

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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:

CoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

FeverChillsRepeated shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew 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.

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