May 14 COVID-19 update: 16,699 total cases, 287 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 9:12 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 15:03:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — An additional 329 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Tennessee on Thursday. There have been a total of 16,699 confirmed cases in the state since the outbreak began, but as of Thursday 8,881 people have recovered.

In Tennessee, 287 people have died from the novel coronavirus. This is an increase of 14 people in the last 24 hours.

A total of 302,317 tests for COVID-19 have been administered in Tennessee. A total of 1,435 people have been hospitalized with COVID-19.

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 3,889 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 10 in the past 24 hours. Four additional deaths have also been reported.

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The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 99 years.

The health department reported four additional deaths over the past 24 hours – a 67-year-old man, a 74-year-old woman, a 70-year-old man and a 46-year old woman. All had underlying health conditions.

Forty-two people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19 and 2,409 individuals have recovered from the virus.

Dr. Alex Jahangir said the transmission rate remains less than 1, which indicates the spread is slowing in the community. However, he emphasized that residents must stay the course.

"One thing to remember is that Nashville has done a great job and I'm grateful to all my fellow Nashvillians for helping keep this a success," he said.

Dr. Jahangir also denounced some national reports – which he said cited an unreleased May 7th report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force – that listed Nashville as one of the cities seeing a spike in cases.

Jahangir called the report “misleading and inaccurate,” saying it reported Nashville/Davidson County as having a 129% increase during that week when the city actually only had an increase of 17%. He said the report included data from surrounding counties, like Trousdale and Rutherford.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 208 calls on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.

Total number of cases: 3,889
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 10

Cases by sex
Male: 2,002
Female: 1,714
Unknown: 173

Total Cases by age

Total active cases

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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.