May 6 COVID-19 update: 13,938 total cases, 239 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:19 AM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 15:06:02-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 314 additional cases of COVID-19 in the state, bringing the state's total of overall cases to 13,938.

As of Wednesday, 6,564 people have recovered and 239 have died from the novel coronavirus in Tennessee.

TDH said there have been a total of 227,101 tests administered. Since the outbreak began, 1,221 Tennesseans were hospitalization due to COVID-19.

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.

Metro public health officials said there have been an additional 24 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Davidson County, bringing the total number of cases in Metro Nashville since the outbreak began to 3,346.

As of Wednesday, 1,746 residents have recovered from the virus.

There have been a total of 33 deaths related to the novel coronavirus reported in Davidson County.

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper held his daily update on the COVID-19 outbreak in Davidson County on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

He was joined by Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of Nashville's coronavirus task force, Leslie Waller, an epidemiologist with Metro Public Health Department and Decosta Jenkins, president and CEO of Nashville Electric Service.

Watch the full update below:

Jenkins, president joined Mayor Cooper to provide an update on the widespread power outages in Davidson County caused by storms on Sunday and Monday night.

As of Wednesday morning, there were still 28,000 NES customers with out power.

Metro Public Health released two updated heatmaps of Davidson County reflecting where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed by ZIP code.

Below is a map of total cases since the outbreak began:

Below is a map of cases specifically from the week ended on May 2:

Metro Public Health Department officials said 30% of cases confirmed in the last 14 days are part of clusters in vulnerable populations.

In Davidson County, the age range of all residents who have tested positive for the virus is between 2 months old and 99 years old.

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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.


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.