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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for August 21


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for August 21

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 24,869 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been two 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 24,963 cases, an increase of 123 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.

One additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 89-year-old female with underlying health conditions.

A total of two-hundred sixteen (216) people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 225 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

22,178 individuals have recovered from the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 22.6

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 47 calls on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Total number of cases: 24,963
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 123


Cases by sex
Male: 12,476
Female: 12,192
Unknown: 295

Cases by age

Unknown 54
0-10 1,241
11-20 2,568
21-30 7,375
31-40 5,050
41-50 3,503
51-60 2,497
61-70 1,515
71-80 701
81+ 459
Total 24,963
Recovered 22,178
Deaths 225
Total active cases 2,560


Total number of people tested Total positive/probable cases Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
203,652 24,963 178,689 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 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.