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June 8 COVID-19 update: 26,944 total cases, 421 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-08 15:05:38-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional 563 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tennessee on Monday, bringing the state's overall total of cases that have been confirmed to 26,944.

The Tennessee Department of Health said 17,563 people have since recovered from the virus.

As of Monday, the state has reported 421 deaths and 1,948 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.

More than 512,000 tests for the coronavirus have been administered in the state.

Metro health officials confirmed an additional 72 cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

Davidson County has seen a total of 6,228 cases of the virus confirmed since the outbreak began and 4,741 residents have since recovered.

As of Monday, 72 Nashvillians have died from the novel coronavirus.

Watch the full Metro Nashville update below

Nashville remains in phase two of its reopening process. Health officials said phase three has been delayed due to a slightly elevated 14-day trend of new cases in the community.

Dr. Jahangir, chairman of Nashville’s coronavirus task force, said Davidson County is currently seeing an average of 98 new cases per day, while two weeks ago the county was seeing an average of 87 new cases.

He said while the trend is slightly increasing, the transmission rate remains under 1, which means the virus is not spreading more quickly than before.

Cases by sex
Male: 3,550
Female: 2,682
Unknown: 196

Total Cases by age

Unknown
130
0-10
272
11-20
538
21-30
1,498
31-40
1,314
41-50
988
51-60
775
61-70
430
71-80
193
81+
110
Total
6,228
Recovered
4,741
Deaths
72
Total active cases
1,415

Total number of tests administered
Total positive results
Total negative results
Positive results as percentage of total
65,775
6,228
59,547
9.5%

Last week, Tennessee saw more new cases than in any other week of the pandemic. The previous high was the week that the state added 1,156 cases in one day, due largely to the outbreak at Turner Trousdale Correctional Center.

New COVID-19 hospitalizations are also increasing. The previous high was the week that the state added 119 hospitalizations in one day that was described as a statistical correction.

Last week also equaled the second-highest number of deaths since the pandemic began.

Tennessee currently ranks 13th in the country -- among 50 states and Washington, D.C. -- for per capita COVID-19 testing after having been in the top 10 for a time.

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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.