May 4 COVID-19 update: 13,502 total cases, 219 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 8:55 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 15:06:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There have been a total of 13,502 cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee since the outbreak began. As of Monday, 6,081 people have recovered from the virus.

Statewide, 219 people have died from COVID-19.

THD said overall there have been 1,143 people hospitalized for the novel coronavirus and 211,443 COVID-19 tests have been administered.

The governor's office said more than 23,000 people participated in the three weekends of statewide, free COVID-19 testing.

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 Nashville health officials confirmed an additional 165 COVID-19 cases in Davidson County on Monday, bringing the county's total to 3,191 cases.

As of Monday, 1,616 residents have recovered from the virus.

Since the outbreak began, 27 Davidson County residents died from COVID-19.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said much of the additional cases being reported on Monday have been traced back to clusters of cases, including nursing homes and people in the homeless community.

Eighty-eight of the new cases are apart of an outbreak of the virus at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Watch the full Metro update below:

Davidson County's three assessment centers opened late on Monday due to a line of strong storms that knocked the power out to 130,000 Nashville Electric Service customers on Sunday night.

Nashville's COVID-19 assessment hotline was also down on Monday due to power outages at the health department. All but one of the Metro Public Health Department clinics will also be closed Monday. The power was restored at MPHD's East Health Center at 1015 E. Trinity Lane, which is operating on normal hours.

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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.