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March 31 COVID-19 Update: 2,389 cases, 23 deaths confirmed in Tennessee

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 22:46:33-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tennessee has risen to 2,389. There have been 23 deaths reported in the state.

NewsChannel 5 is keeping an independent count of cases in the state, using information from both the Tennessee Department of Health and local health agencies.

Davidson County continues to have the highest number of cases in the state at 541. Shelby County follows behind with a total of 428 cases and Sumner County has the third highest count with a total of 184 cases.

Statewide, there have been 175 people hospitalized from 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 our independent count, as the daily reports from the Tennessee Department of Health often have dozens of cases that have yet been linked to a county.

Why our independent count may show different numbers from the state, other media: According to the state department of health, the labs notify local jurisdictions first, which leads to some local health departments reporting higher numbers. They took to social media explaining the discrepancy saying, "Laboratory reports of positive cases are reported to metro and local health departments as soon as results are available. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m." We are monitoring the count given by local jurisdictions, as well as the counts given by the state, to calculate our independent count.

Metro Nashville Public Health Department officials provided an update Tuesday morning, confirming 541 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 98 cases in the past 24 hours.

Watch the full briefing below:

Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of Metro’s Coronavirus Task Force, said the confirmed cases range in age from two-months-old to 84-years-old. Three people have died after a confirmed diagnosis, while ; 14 others remain hospitalized. So far, 80 people have recovered from the virus.

The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

Cases by sex in Davidson County:
Male: 260
Female: 275
Unknown: 6

Total Cases by age in Davidson County:

Unknown
74
0-10
4
11-20
26
21-30
198
31-40
78
41-50
61
51-60
46
61-70
30
71-80
21
81+
3
Total
541
Recovered
80
Deaths
3
Total active cases
458

Three Community Assessment Centers opened in Nashville on Monday. 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.

The centers are located at:

  • Nissan Stadium (Opened March 30) Lot “N”, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
  • Meharry Medical College (Opened March 30), 918 21st Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
  • Former Kmart (Opening April 1), 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217

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:

  • 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.