DAILY METRO COVID19 PRESS UPDATE
Contact Name: Chris Song
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 20, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor John Cooper’s office issued the following announcements regarding Metro’s citywide coronavirus (COVID-19) monitoring and response efforts in coordination with area hospitals, healthcare providers, medical colleges, and other community partners.
METRO COVID-19 PRESS BRIEFING
Several graphics are attached that may be referenced during the 8/20 Metro COVID-19 Press Briefing.
METRO PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 24,748 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.
There have been three 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.
Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 24,840 cases, an increase of 144 in the past 24 hours.
The cases range in age from 1 month to 103 years.
There have been no new probable deaths reported in the past 24 hours.
When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.
An additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 77-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.
A total of two-hundred fifteen (215) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 224 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
21,978 individuals have recovered from the virus.
New cases per 100,000 people: 24.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.8
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 51 calls on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.
Total number of cases: 24,840
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 144
Cases by sex
Cases by age
|Total active cases||2,638|
|Total number of people tested||Total positive/probable cases||Total negative results||Positive results as percentage of total|
Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:
- Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others).
- Gatherings are to be kept at 25 people or fewer. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
- Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
- Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 years of age or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
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