NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,650 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Fifty-seven additional coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday, the second-highest single-day increase in deaths for the state. TDH has attributed 1,988 deaths to COVID-19.
The state has reported a total of 168,237 cases since the outbreak began. Of those cases, 15,047 remain active and 151,202 Tennesseans are considered recovered.
Statewide, 848 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 18 people in the last 24 hours.
Gov. Bill Lee discussed the ongoing pandemic during his weekly press conference.
Metro Public Health officials reported 99 new cases of COVID-19, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 26,988. Two additional deaths were also reported.
Right now, there are 1,052 total active cases. Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Metro Health officials provided their weekly COVID-19 update today.
In terms of cases, Cooper says Davidson County has gone from worst in the state to number 72. Additionally, he said the city's progress is a result of mask wearing and businesses taking proper precautions.
"Two months ago, we were experiencing an average of 350 new cases per-day. But for the first time in three months, our 14-day new average actually dipped below 100 this week," said Cooper.
However, Cooper said Metro has seen a slight uptick in cases in the last several days, and Nashville's 14-day new case rolling average now sits at 112 -- but he added that's a long way from Metro's peak of 400 in mid-July.
Watch the briefing in full below:
Metro officials said two additional confirmed deaths were also reported in the past 24 hours, a 56-year-old woman and a 68-year-old woman, both with underlying health conditions.
As of Thursday, 236 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 247 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
So far, 25,689 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.
New cases per 100,000 people: 16.28
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.5
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 34 calls on Wednesday, September 9, 2020.
Total number of cases: 26,988
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 99
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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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.