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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for August 17


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for August 17

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 24,316 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

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.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 24,388 cases, an increase of 245 in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 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.

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.

A total of two-hundred six (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 COVID-19.

21,352 individuals have recovered from the virus.

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

Unknown 56
0-10 1,203
11-20 2,503
21-30 7,221
31-40 4,940
41-50 3,431
51-60 2,425
61-70 1,473
71-80 688
81+ 448
Total 24,388
Recovered 21,352
Deaths 215
Total active cases 2,821


Total number of people tested Total positive/probable cases Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
197,327 24,388 172,939 12.4%


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 recommended to be kept at 25 people or fewer, to the extent possible. 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.