May 7 COVID-19 update: 14,096 total cases, 237 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 8:40 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 16:46:51-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional 158 COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in Tennessee since the outbreak began to 14,096.

As of Thursday, 6,783 Tennesseans have recovered from the virus and 237 have died.

The Tennessee Department of Health said the virus has caused 1,266 hospitalizations. In the state, there have been a total of 236,328 COVID-19 tests administered.

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.

During the daily Davidson County update, Mayor John Cooper announced the start of reopening Nashville, with Phase One beginning on May 11. For more information on what businesses will be allowed to open, click here.

Metro Health officials said an additional 86 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed on Thursday, bringing Davidson County's overall total number of cases to 3,432.

Since the outbreak began, 1,756 residents have recovered from COVID-19.

Thirty-five people in Davidson County have died from the virus. This is an increase of two people since Wednesday.

Watch the full briefing below:

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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.


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.