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May 28 COVID-19 update: 21,679 total cases, 356 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 8:41 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 15:05:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 373 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state's overall total of cases that have been confirmed to 21,679.

Out of the total number of confirmed cases, 14,632 people have recovered from the coronavirus.

Three additional COVID-19 related deaths were reported on Thursday. A total of 356 Tennesseans have died from the virus and 1,689 were hospitalized for COVID-19.

Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 5,147 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 79 in the past 24 hours.

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The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 100 years. Fifty-eight people have died and 3,937 individuals have recovered from the virus.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said Metro's rolling 14-day average remains flat and the transmission rate is slightly below one. The doubling rate, which is the number of days it takes for cases to double, is 38.4 days. The goal is 13 days or more.

He said so far, 56,000 have been tested since the start of the outbreak, with 9.4% testing positive.

"We can slow spread by changing our behaviors, whether that’s keeping your distance, wearing a face covering, getting tested if you are concerned about the virus and staying at home if you are sick," said Jahangir.

Nashville began Phase 2 of its reopening this week. Jahangir said they haven't made a decision yet on when to begin Phase 3. He said they will continue looking at the data and make a decision in the next week or so.

Available hospital beds: 25 percent

Available ICU beds: 22 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 158 calls on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.


Total number of cases: 5,147
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 79

Cases by sex
Male: 2,737
Female: 2,237
Unknown: 173

Total Cases by age

Unknown
6
0-10
193
11-20
440
21-30
1,273
31-40
1,102
41-50
833
51-60
650
61-70
391
71-80
173
81+
86
Total
5,147
Recovered
3,937
Deaths
58
Total active cases
1,152

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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.