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May 7 COVID update: Metro's active cases fall to 1,117, lowest since October; 46 new cases reported

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Posted at 9:42 AM, May 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-07 10:42:25-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Public Health officials reported 46 new cases of COVID on Friday. One additional death has been reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 98,513. Of those, 96,489 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,117 active cases.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours -- a 58-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 819 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 907 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.


New cases per 100,000 people: 10.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 16 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 132 calls on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Total number of cases: 98,513
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 46

Cases by sex
Male: 46,832
Female: 50,931
Unknown: 750

Cases by age

Unknown128
0-104,880
11-2010,358
21-3027,370
31-4019,079
41-5012,967
51-6011,009
61-707,227
71-803,508
81+1,987
Total98,513
Inactive/Recovered96,489
Deaths907
Total active cases1,117


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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.