NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 2,845 cases of COVID-19 in the state. At least 32 deaths related to the coronavirus have been reported.
At least 263 people have been hospitalized due to the virus. 220 of the 2,845 who have contracted the virus have recovered so far.
Previously, we were attempting to track the number of cases independently, but the complexity of reporting has made us less confident in being able to report an accurate total. We will continue to report the numbers provided by the state, along with any discrepancies in those numbers provided by local governments.
Earlier in the day, Metro leaders reported 785 cases within the county, whereas the state reports 617 cases for Davidson. Davidson County's report is higher than the state because the number reflects positive patients tested in the county, but who live elsewhere. Additionally, TDOH reports that local municipalities receive case data before the state, which can also add to the discrepancy between the two numbers.
Davidson County leads the state in reported cases, followed by Shelby at 570 cases.
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 Department officials have confirmed 785 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 112 cases in the past 24 hours. A fifth person has died.
Watch the full briefing below:
The confirmed cases range in age from one-month-old to 84-years-old. Health officials have confirmed the death of a 73-year-old man as the fifth death in Davidson County. Twenty others remain hospitalized and 95 people have recovered from the virus.
The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms. Of the 785 confirmed cases, 63 who have tested positive are Davidson County healthcare workers.
Total number of cases: 785
Number of cases confirmed today: 112
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
|Total active cases||685|
Nashville has three Community Assessment Centers:
- Nissan Stadium Lot “N”, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
- Meharry Medical College 918 21st Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
- Former Kmart (opening today) 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217
Residents must first call to receive an initial assessment by a public health professional. Callers can also access recorded messages, which provide the latest information about COVID-19 and details about the Safer at Home Order.
The Hotline number is 615-862-7777 and is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week in both Spanish and English.
If determined necessary during their COVID-19 Hotline assessment, residents will then be directed to visit a COVID-19 Community Assessment Center where they will be further screened and, if required, tested.
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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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.