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April 13 COVID-19 update: 5,610 cases, 109 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 15:54:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There are now 5,610 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee and 109 people have died from the virus statewide.

WATCH Gov. Lee's 3pm briefing:

Of the total cases, 1,671 people have recovered.

Tennessee Department of Health said there have been 579 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus and 76,195 tests administered.

Current county-by-county numbers are available in the map below this story, updated daily after 2 p.m. These numbers may not add up the total number, as the daily reports from the Tennessee Department of Health often have dozens of cases that have yet been linked to a county.

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper and other Metro leaders gave an update on Davidson County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday morning.

They announced there are 1,385 confirmed cases, with 291 people recovered from the virus in the county. This is an increase of 37 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Thirteen residents have died from the virus.

Watch the full Metro update below:

The age range of confirmed cases in Davidson County is between 2 months old and 94 years old.

In all the county cases, 86 people have been hospitalized from the virus, but the remaining active cases are self isolating at home with mild and manageable symptoms.

Davidson County residents can call a hotline if they think they have COVID-19 symptoms at 615-862-7777. It's available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week in both Spanish and English.

The hotline received 51 calls on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Health said there were 5,308 confirmed cases statewide. That number is expected to rise when TDH updates its data at 2 p.m.

Editor's Note: We are publishing updates to our COVID-19 count multiple times daily, but with a new story created each day to help track the growth of the virus in the state. Our latest reporting will always be at the top of our website at https://www.newschannel5.com. If this story is more than 24 hours old, (the date this story was published is available at the top of our story, just under the headline) please head to our homepage for our most accurate information.

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COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES IN TENNESSEE

What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.