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May 22 COVID-19 update: 19,394 total cases, 315 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:34 AM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-22 15:02:31-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed an additional 433 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 19,394. The department said 315 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials released the latest state numbers on Friday, saying there have been 1,560 hospitalizations and 12,566 have recovered from the virus.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health Department officials confirmed a total of 4,596 COVID-19 cases in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 66 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. An additional death was reported in Davidson County, a 50-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.

Fifty-two people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19 and 3,330 have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 170 calls on Thursday, May 21, 2020.


Total number of cases: 4,596
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 66

Cases by sex
Male: 2,440
Female: 1,992
Unknown: 164

Total cases by age

Unknown
8
0-10
150
11-20
378
21-30
1,146
31-40
955
41-50
751
51-60
587
61-70
371
71-80
168
81+
82
Total
4,596
Recovered
3,330
Deaths
52
Total active cases
1,214

On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed an additional 429 cases, bringing the state’s total number to 18,961. The department said 313 deaths have been reported.

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.