NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional 294 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tennessee on Wednesday.
The state has confirmed a total of 27,869 cases since the outbreak began and 18,516 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus.
As of Wednesday, 436 people have died and 1,990 have been hospitalized statewide for COVID-19.
More than 520,000 have been tested for the coronavirus.
While the state is seeing an uptick in new cases, Dr. Lisa Piercey, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health said hospital capacity is holding normal. Inpatient and ICU capacity is at about 20% of the state limit, which is down from earlier months, Dr. Piercey said.
She added there is no indication the new cases were caused by recent protests around the state, but it is more likely they are due to the reopening of the economy.
Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 6,571 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 159 in the past 24 hours.
The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. Health officials said six additional deaths were reported in Davidson County. They include an 82-year-old man, a 57-year-old man, a 91-year-old woman, and three women 75 years of age. All six people had underlying health conditions.
Seventy-nine people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19 and 4,987 individuals have recovered from the virus.
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 119 calls on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 23 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 23 percent
Total number of cases: 6,571Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 159
Percentage of cases by race
Asian 4.6 percent
Black or African American 12.6 percent
Pending 18 percent
Two or More Races 0.5 percent
Unknown 8.2 percent
White 32.1 percent
Deaths by race
Black/African American 31
Cases by sex
Total cases by age
|Total active cases||1,505|
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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:
- 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.