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April 15 COVID-19 update: 6,079 cases, 135 deaths reported in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:11 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 15:51:42-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — There are now 6,079 confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide, 2,196 people have since recovered from the virus.

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In Tennessee, 135 people have died from the novel coronavirus. This is an increase of 11 people in the last 24 hours.

The Tennessee Department of Health said there have been 663 people hospitalized from the virus and 80,896 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.

Early on Wednesday, Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 1,492 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 35 in the past 24 hours. A 17th death has been confirmed in the county.

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Dr. Alex Jahangir, chairman of Nashville's coronavirus task force, said an 81-year-old man with underlying health conditions died, bringing the county's total to 17.

The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 94 years. Sixty-seven Davidson County residents who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been hospitalized in Davidson County. 324 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 207 calls on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


Total number of cases: 1,492
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 35

Cases by sex
Male: 694
Female: 716
Unknown: 82

Total cases by age

Unknown
28
0-10
20
11-20
75
21-30
477
31-40
275
41-50
204
51-60
196
61-70
131
71-80
66
81+
20
Total
1,492
Recovered
324
Deaths
17
Total active cases
1,151

Gov. Bill Lee is expected to address questions surrounding the remainder of the school year during his 3 p.m. update. However, Mayor Cooper stressed that, at this time, there is no official re-opening date for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

When asked if the city would reopen on May 1, Cooper said that date is an "aspiration" only, adding that everyone is anxious to get back to work but this has to be a gradual process.

Leslie Waller, an epidemiologist with the Metro Public Health Department, discussed how the city is working to control the spread of the virus through contact tracing. Currently, there are 466 people under active monitoring in Metro. Those people can get off the monitoring list after their 14-day quarantine has passed. If they are an essential worker, they can be given a letter for an employer.

Waller said 54% of trace contacts are household contacts, while 34% are social or work contacts.

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 ek 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.