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May 26 COVID-19 update: 20,965 total cases, 343 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:21 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 15:52:39-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed an additional 358 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total number to 20,965. The department said 343 deaths have been reported.

TDOH officials said as of Tuesday, there have been 1,609 hospitalizations and 13,344 have recovered from the virus.

Rutherford County officials said there have now been over 1,000 cases confirmed in the area since the outbreak began.

Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health Department officials confirmed 4,974 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 153 in the past 24 hours. An additional death was also reported.

Watch the briefing below:

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years.

Metro Health officials said one additional death was reported in the past 24 hours, a 90-year old woman with underlying health conditions.

Fifty-six people have died and 3,571 have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.


Total number of cases: 4,974
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 153

Cases by sex
Male: 2,653
Female: 2,156
Unknown: 165

Total Cases by age

Unknown
161
0-10
165
11-20
404
21-30
1,197
31-40
1,012
41-50
786
51-60
616
61-70
380
71-80
169
81+
84
Total
4,974
Recovered
3,571
Deaths
56
Total active cases
1,347

Metro also released this week's updated heat maps showing cumulative and active cases.

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One heatmap is cumulative (active, recovered, and deceased) and the other includes only active cases. Both graphics are updated as of May 23, 2020. The darker red color on the maps indicates areas with higher numbers of cases.

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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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.