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May 15 COVID-19 update: 16,970 total cases, 290 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 10:01 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:04:01-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 271 additional cases of COVID-19 across the state, bringing the total number to 16,970. The department said 290 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials released the latest numbers on Friday, saying there have been 1,454 hospitalizations and 9,280 have recovered.

Earlier in the day, the Metro Public Health Department confirmed 119 additional cases in the past 24 hours, bringing Davidson County’s total number of cases to 4,008. An additional death was also confirmed.

Health officials said the confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 99 years. Another death was reported in the past 24 hours – a 75-year-old woman. They said it's unknown if she had underlying health conditions.

Forty-three people have died from complications of the new coronavirus and 2,734 have recovered.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 185 calls on Thursday, May 14, 2020.


Total number of cases: 4,008
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 119

Cases by sex
Male: 2,079
Female: 1,753
Unknown: 176

Total cases by age

Unknown
58
0-10
111
11-20
305
21-30
996
31-40
800
41-50
635
51-60
531
61-70
338
71-80
155
81+
79
Total
4,008
Recovered
2,734
Deaths
43
Total active cases
1,231

Metro did not hold a video briefing today. The next one is scheduled for Monday.

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.

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.