NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Public Health Department officials confirmed 293 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 36 cases in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Alex Jahangir said of the confirmed cases, one patient has died from complications due to the coronavirus. Twelve others remain hospitalized, while 52 have recovered from the virus. The remaining 228 cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.
The youngest is a two-month-old and the oldest is 94-years-old. Dr. Jahangir said the infant is experiencing mild symptoms.
Watch the full briefing below:
Total number of Cases: 293
Number of Cases confirmed today: 36
Age Range: 2 months – 94 years old
Age Group (years)
So far, 3,338 tests have been conducted in Davidson County.
Mayor John Cooper said the city will be opening COVID-19 shelters for the homeless today. Two will be located at the Fairgrounds, one for healthy individuals who want a place to stay while social distancing and another for people who are being tested.
They have not yet announced a location for a third shelter for individuals who have tested positive. That announcement will likely come later today.
Metro Nashville launched a website to keep residents informed on COVID-19 cases in Davidson County. COVID19.Nashville.Gov will provide new information as it becomes available.
Metro Health officials have also launched a COVID-19 hotline staffed with nurses and other public health professionals to answer questions and provide the latest information. The hotline has as many as 15 call takers and can be reached by dialing 615-862-7777. It will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.
Those facing food security challenges can visit covid19.nashville.com for resources or call the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at 615-329-3491.
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COUNTY-BY-COUNTY CASES IN TENNESSEE
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.
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.