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Contact Name: Chris Song



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.


Several graphics are attached that may be referenced during the 8/20 Metro COVID-19 Press Briefing.


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
Male: 12,421
Female: 12,124
Unknown: 295

Cases by age

Unknown 54
0-10 1,229
11-20 2,546
21-30 7,339
31-40 5,030
41-50 3,482
51-60 2,487
61-70 1,513
71-80 702
81+ 458
Total 24,840
Recovered 21,978
Deaths 224
Total active cases 2,638


Total number of people tested Total positive/probable cases Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
202,396 24,840 177,556 12.3%


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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