NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – After a seven-hour delay from the usual release time, the Tennessee Department of Health updated the state’s COVID-19 numbers.
The health department reported 2,555 new cases, bringing the state to 99,044 total cases, a 3% day-to-day increase since Monday. Of the total cases, 97,966 are confirmed and 1,078 are probable.
Tennessee’s seven-day new cases average increased to 2,443 additional cases per day.
TDH also confirmed 21 additional deaths, bringing Tennessee up to 999 total deaths.
Out of the confirmed positive cases, 59,760 have recovered, an increase of 2,521 recoveries.
The latest number of hospitalizations went up by 92 to 4,372. A note on the department’s website states this total is an indication of the number of patients that were ever hospitalized during their illness and not an indication of the number of patients currently hospitalized.
Of the 99,044 cases, 49,012 are male (49%), 48,799 are female (49%), and 1,233 are pending (1%).
Tennessee has conducted 1,435,433 tests with 1,336,389 negative results. The percentage for positive cases increased by .1% to 6.9%. Tuesday’s update added 25,037 tests to the state’s total.
The department posted the following message earlier today explaining the delay.
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is now 99,044 as of July 28, 2020. We have encountered a technical disruption that has delayed the reporting of some of the daily data points. We will post the complete data set as soon as it is available.
We are working diligently to improve our systems and provide accurate and updated reports about the status of COVID-19 in Tennessee.
COVID-19 in Nashville
Earlier Tuesday, Metro Public Health Department officials reported 20,517 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County. Officials released the latest “heatmaps” which continue to show concentrations of positive cases in downtown Nashville, in addition to a high number of cases in Southeast Nashville, which has a high percentage of essential workers and several diverse immigrant communities
During Metro’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing, Mayor John Cooper announced the order closing all bars in Nashville and requiring restaurants serving alcohol to shut down by 10 p.m. daily has been extended through at least mid-August.
Many neighborhoods in Nashville are experiencing days of delays in their trash pick up. It’s an issue that Metro Council members said started with the city’s growth has only gotten worse with the pandemic.
Schools Moving Forward
School districts across the state are working to finalize plans and back-up plans for the upcoming school year. More than 40 Middle Tennessee schools have released their plans.
Last week the TSSAA’s Board of Control voted to pass a broad range of new rules to deal with COVID-19 in the coming school year. Check out the full list here.
Tennessee’s COVID-19 Response
Dr. Deborah Birx met with Governor Lee in Nashville Monday morning. The Coronavirus Response Coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force called for all Tennessee counties to issue mask mandates. Several counties have issued mask requirements around the state already.
A number of retailers and restaurants are also requiring masks while visiting their stores. See a full list of locations here.
Last month, the Tennessee Department of Health announced changes to its format for sharing COVID-19 data. The department’s total number of cases and total deaths now include both laboratory-confirmed cases and probable cases as defined in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance case definitions. – Learn more about the changes here.
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COVID-19 in Tennessee
(This reflects what the TDH reports each day. )