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April 14 COVID-19 update: 5,823 cases, 124 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 8:59 AM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 00:01:35-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Heath says Tennessee has a total of 5,823 COVID-19 cases, in which 124 people have died.

A total of 633 people are hospitalized, but 1,969 people have recovered.

The folowing counties have top the state's count list:

  • Shelby 1,359
  • Davidson 1,237
  • Sumner 466
  • Williamson 322
  • Rutherford 253
  • Knox 174
  • Wilson 145
  • Hamilton 110
  • Montgomery 101
  • Putnam 92
  • Robertson 92

Metro Nashville Public Health Department officials have confirmed a total number of 1,457 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 72 in the past 24 hours. Three additional deaths have also been confirmed, bringing the county's total to 16.

Watch the full briefing below:

The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 94 years. Dr. Alex Jahangir said three men -- ages 41, 75, and 82 years old -- died from COVID-19 complications. He said all had underlying health conditions.

Jahangir said 62 Davidson County residents with confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been hospitalized since the outbreak began; 307 individuals have recovered from the virus. The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 270 calls on Monday, April 13, 2020.


Total number of cases: 1,457

Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 72

Cases by sex
Male: 668
Female: 696
Unknown: 93

Total Cases by age

Unknown
58
0-10
19
11-20
72
21-30
468
31-40
251
41-50
187
51-60
196
61-70
126
71-80
62
81+
18
Total
1,457
Recovered
307
Deaths
16
Total active cases
1,134


Nashville Mayor John Cooper said he anticipates the city's "Safer at Home" order to be extended through the end of the month.

Cooper also asked residents to help create protective cloth masks for the essential workers who are keeping Nashville running. Donations should be left at the Community Resource Center at 218 Omohundro Pl, Nashville, TN 37210.

Metro has partnered with Psych Hub to share mental health resources to help people build resilience and find ways to cope during this time. According to former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy, co-founder of Psych Hub and founder of The Kennedy Forum, calls to the Suicide Hotline are up 800%.

Read more: Metro partners with Psych Hub to provide mental health resources during COVID-19 pandemic

Health officials also updated the Nashville COVID-19 heatmap, which represents the total number of confirmed cases that have been reported to the Metro Public Health Department. The darker red color on the map indicates areas with higher numbers of cases.

This data is current through April 13, 2020.

On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 5,610 cases and 109 deaths across the state. Of the total cases, 1,671 people have recovered.

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.

Davidson County residents can call a hotline if they think they have COVID-19 symptoms at 615-862-7777. It's available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week in both Spanish and English.

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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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.