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May 19 COVID-19 update: 18,378 total cases, 305 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:36 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 15:04:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 367 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total number to 18,378. The department said 305 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials released the latest numbers on Tuesday, saying there have been 1,498 hospitalizations and 10,969 have recovered from the virus.

Earlier in the day, the Metro Public Health Department confirmed a total of 4,390 COVID-19 cases in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 230 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 99 years. Three additional deaths were also reported – an 83-year-old man, an 89-year-old woman and a 69-year-old woman.

The man had underlying health conditions, but it is unknown if the two women had any underlying health conditions. A total of 46 people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 2,975 have recovered from the virus.

Health officials said a company that conducts lab testing was not able to electronically report for a time this weekend and, once they caught up, it resulted in the numbers being higher than usual today.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 255 calls on Monday, May 18, 2020.


Total number of cases: 4,390
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 230

Cases by sex
Male: 2,308
Female: 1,912
Unknown: 170

Total cases by age

Unknown
279
0-10
125
11-20
320
21-30
1,032
31-40
833
41-50
666
51-60
544
61-70
353
71-80
158
81+
80
Total
4,390
Recovered
2,975
Deaths
46
Total active cases
1,369

The Metro Coronavirus Task Force also published the latest COVID-19 heatmaps showing the location of confirmed clusters within Davidson County.

The Nashville COVID-19 heatmaps represents the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been reported to the Metro Public Health Department. One is cumulative with data current through May 18, 2020, and the other includes data exclusively from the week ending on May 16, 2020. The darker red color on the maps indicates areas with higher numbers of cases.

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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.