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May 3 COVID-19 update: 13,177 total cases, 210 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:34 AM, May 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 15:05:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 516 more cases in Tennessee, bringing the total number of positive cases to 13,177. A total of 210 people have died from the virus.

Health officials say 204,607 have been tested 5,814 have recovered and 1,135 were hospitalized.

Metro health officials confirmed 151 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 3,026 in Davidson County.

Overall, 1,605 people in Davidson County have recovered from the virus.

A total of 27 residents have died from the novel coronavirus.

The age range of people in Metro Nashville who have had a confirmed case is between 2 months old and 99 years old.

In Davidson County, there have been 28,685 tests administered, with a total of 25,659 negative results.

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.