443 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, 3 killed

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Posted at 9:24 AM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 11:53:27-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County has risen to 443. Three people in the county have died from complications due to the virus.

Metro health leaders said a 69-year-old man died with COVID-19 died on Sunday. It is not yet known if he had underlying health conditions.

Eighty people have recovered from the new coronavirus in Davidson County.

The age range of confirmed cases is between 2 months old and 84 years old.

Fourteen people are being treated in the hospital and the remaining active cases are self-isolating at home with mild and manageable symptoms.

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper is held his daily update on the coronavirus outbreak and its impact in Davidson County on Monday morning.

The mayor was joined by Dr. Alex Jahangir, with Metro Board of Health, William Swann, director of the office of emergency management and chief of the Nashville Fire Department, and Dr. Adrienne Battle, Metro Nashville Public Schools director.

Metro health officials said nearly 5,000 people have been tested in the county. Three new assessment centers are opening for Davidson County residents this week. Click here for more information.

Dr. Jahangir said right now, the hospitals in Nashvile are keeping up with the demand, but he's concerned over the next few weeks a growing wave of COVID-19 patients will require hospitalizations.

Dr. Battle said starting Monday, the school district is delivering distance learning materials at meal sites for students who do not have internet. Seniors who need laptops will be given one so that they can participate in the credit recovery process in order to graduate on time.


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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.