NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,340 additional COVID cases Friday, along with 7 new deaths.
This brings the state's total case count to 356,716. So far 4,526 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.
The state reported hospitalizations are down by 24 today, though 2,144 patients remain hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 578 new cases of COVID-19. The department said today's update is an abbreviated report.
Health officials say Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 44,620. Right now, there are 2,172 active cases.
Metro said one additional confirmed death was reported in the past 24 hours, an 80-year-old male with underlying health conditions.
The community information hotline remains closed today and Saturday. Metro released today's information with the following note:
The Metro Public Health Department will issue a limited daily COVID report on Friday, Saturday and Sunday that will include the number of new cases and new deaths. We will return to posting the full report again on Monday, November 30.
Metro also released the following data:
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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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.