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Metro health officials confirm 253 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County

Posted: 8:36 AM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 14:42:31-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 253 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, an increase of 69 cases in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Jahangir said of the confirmed cases, one patient has died from complications due to the coronavirus. Four others remain hospitalized, while 29 people have recovered. The remaining 219 cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

“As I said yesterday, I do not believe the trend is going down. The number of cases will likely continue to increase in the coming days,” said Dr. Jahangir.

Total number of Cases: 253
Number of Cases confirmed today: 69

Cases by sex
Male: 102
Female: 104
Unknown: 47

Total Cases by age

Unknown
41
0-4
1
5-17
3
18-49
163
50-64
25
65+
20
Total
253
Recovered
29
Deaths
1
Total active cases
223

The city is also working to assist the homeless community during the pandemic. Dr. Jahangir said they're working with nonprofits to use Metro facilities to provide shelter that allows people to self-isolate if they're awaiting test results.

There will also be a facility for those who've tested positive but don't require hospitalization.

Metro Nashville has launched a website to keep residents informed on COVID-19 cases in Davidson County. COVID19.Nashville.Gov will provide new information as it becomes available. Dr. Jahangir said the city will launch a hotline on Wednesday.

For the next 14 days, Nashvillians are under a "safer at home" order, which was given to help limit the spread of COVID-19. All nonessential businesses must close, but grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores and pharmacies are among the businesses that will remain open.

Click here to see a list of restaurants that are open/closed.

Residents may still go outside for fresh air, but Mayor Cooper asks that everyone keep six feet apart.

Click here for more information on what's considered essential business under Mayor Cooper's order.

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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:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • 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 cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.