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May 2 COVID-19 update: 12,661 total cases, 209 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:35 AM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 15:14:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed an additional 770 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 12,661. The department said 209 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials released the latest numbers on Saturday, saying there have been 1,125 hospitalizations and 5,718 have recovered from the virus.

On Friday, the state reported an additional 1,156 cases -- more than 800 of those are inmates at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center. All inmates statewide will now be tested for COVID-19.

In Metro Nashville, health officials confirmed 2,875 total cases, an increase of 43 in the past 24 hours. The cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years.

Twenty-seven people have died, while 1,548 have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 270 calls on Friday, May 1, 2020.


Total number of cases: 2,875
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 43

Cases by sex
Male: 1,379
Female: 1,290
Unknown: 206

Total Cases by age

Unknown
162
0-10
67
11-20
195
21-30
738
31-40
540
41-50
432
51-60
359
61-70
225
71-80
104
81+
53
Total
2,875
Recovered
1,548
Deaths
27
Total active cases
1,300


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.