NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 1,410 additional cases of COVID-19 across the state, bringing the total number of cases to 39,444. As of Friday, 577 deaths had been reported.
TDOH officials said of those total cases, 39,149 were confirmed and 295 were probable. Of the total deaths, 552 were confirmed to be COVID-19-related and 25 were probable.
Friday's case count set a new record for the most positive cases within one day, making it the worst week of the pandemic so far. NewsChannel 5's Phil Williams has been breaking down the numbers on Twiter.
This is what the pandemic trend looks like - it's getting worse. High of 1,156 back in May was when the results of one large prison outbreak was reported. No evidence of anything like that now. This is community spread. 2/ pic.twitter.com/u7exhber2s— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) June 26, 2020
He points out that with one day to go, this week is on track to be either the worst or second-worst week of the pandemic in new hospitalizations in Tennessee.
Again, it is NOT because we are just doing more testing. The positivity rate (positives as a percentage of new tests) continues to show very strong numbers 6/6 pic.twitter.com/7tWLN4Ynwr— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) June 26, 2020
The department reported 2,498 hospitalizations and said 25,753 had recovered.
Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported an additional 232 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County.
Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials announced a total of 8,876 cases. The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 years.
Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but might have tested positive in a different form of test like an antibody or serologic test. Probable cases also could refer to cases that were never tested but exhibited the factors consistent with a COVID-19 infection, like symptoms and close contacts of confirmed cases.
Ninety-six people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 99 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
So far, 6,490 individuals have recovered.
Metro also provided the following data:
Available hospital beds: 18 percent
Available ICU beds: 23 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 217 calls on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
Total number of cases: 8,876
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 232
Total cases by age
|Total active cases||2,287|
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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.