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April 20 COVID-19 update: 7,238 total cases, 152 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:10 AM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 16:06:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health said as of Monday, there have been 7,238 total confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 3,575 people that have fully recovered from the virus.

Statewide, 152 deaths related to the coronavirus have been reported.

In total there have been 730 people hospitalized from the virus. TDH said 100,689 have been tested.

The state expanded its COVID-19 testing capabilities over the weekend, offering free tests to anyone who wants one at locations statewide.

Gov. Lee said more than 11,000 people participated in the free testing over the weekend.

Expanded testing will continue the next two weekends. A full list of sites that will offer free testing can be found by clicking here.

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 health officials confirmed 1,903 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, 875 people have since recovered.

In total, 20 Davidson County residents have died from complications with the coronavirus.

Mayor John Cooper and other Metro leaders gave update on the virus’s impact in Davidson County on Monday morning.

The mayor was joined by Dr. Alex Jahangir, of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, DarKenya W. Waller, executive director of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee & the Cumberlands, and Erica Mitchell, chief community impact officer with United Way of Greater Nashville.

Watch the full update below:

As of Monday, there are 1,008 active cases of COVID-19 in the county. Mayor Cooper said the number of active cases has increased by 25%.

Dr. Jahangir said while testing has increased, the percent of people who have tested positive has increased more. Since Friday, testing in Davidson County increased by 11%, while those testing positive has increased by 19%.

The age range of all Davidson County residents who have tested positive is between 2 years old and 99 years old.

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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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.