April 26 COVID-19 Update: 9,667 total cases, 181 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:32 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 16:07:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In Tennessee, a total of 9,667 people have tested positive for COVID-19, 181 people have died, 828 people have been hospitalized and 4,527 people have recovered from the virus, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

They say of the more than 9,600 people who've tested positive, 45.9% are female, 51% are male and 3% are pending.

The department also breaks down the information into races. Those who are not Hispanic or Latino make up 57% of the count, 7.6% of them are Hispanic and 35.4% are pending.

Metro Nashville health officials said there have been 2,370 total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Davidson County. As of Sunday, 1,191 people have recovered.

There have been 22 deaths in Davidson County related to the coronavirus reported.

In the county, the age range of those who have tested positive is between 2 months old and 99 years old. A total of 22,692 tests have been administered in Davidson County.

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.

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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.


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.