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April 22 COVID-19 update: 7,842 total cases, 166 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:12 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 16:35:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health said Wednesday there have been 7,842 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, of which 4,012 people have
recovered from the virus.

Statewide, 166 COVID-19-related deaths have been reported.

TDH said 114,980 tests have been administered and 775 Tennesseans have been hospitalized.

Current county-by-county numbers are available in the map below this story, updated daily after 2 p.m. These numbers may not add up the total number, as the daily reports from the Tennessee Department of Health often have dozens of cases that have yet been linked to a county.

Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 1,962 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 26 in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said the confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years and 1,027 have recovered from the virus. Twenty-two deaths have been reported.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 266 calls on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


Total number of cases: 1,962
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 26

Cases by sex
Male: 922
Female: 898
Unknown: 142

Total cases by age

Unknown
26
0-10
35
11-20
118
21-30
574
31-40
388
41-50
288
51-60
267
61-70
163
71-80
78
81+
25
Total
1,962
Recovered
1,027
Deaths
22
Total active cases
913

Mayor Cooper said the city would soon begin a “phased” reopening. Although he hopes that process can begin in early May, Cooper emphasized that decision would be based on hard data and science.

Cooper said the reopening criteria includes the follwing:

  • Rate of transmission of less than one
  • 14-day downward trend in new coronavirus cases
  • Adequate PPE and testing capacity
  • Ability to conduct contact tracing

Dr. Jahangir said the city will take a measured approach to reopening and will be conducted over the course of four phases. He said they will release more information on the plan on Thursday.

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall also provided an update on how the agency is keeping staff and inmates safe. He said staff have their temperatures taken each day and so far, seven have tested positive.

Hall also said both inmates and staff are provided masks. They're also using the new detention center as a medical wing to keep inmates separated during this time.

Watch the full briefing below:

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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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.