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May 5 COVID-19 update: 13,624 total cases, 226 deaths in Tennessee

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Posted at 9:01 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 22:55:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A total of 13,624 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Tennessee since the outbreak began. This is an increase of 122 cases confirmed since Monday.

As of Tuesday, 6,356 people have since recovered from the virus. Statewide, 226 people have died from the novel coronavirus.

The Tennessee Department of Health said overall, 1,156 people have been hospitalized due to the virus and 218,796 tests have been 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.

Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed a total number of 3,322 cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 131 in the past 24 hours. Five additional deaths have been reported, bringing the county's death toll to 32.

Metro Health officials said the confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years. Dr. Alex Jahangir said five additional deaths were reported Monday -- a 71 -year-old man, an 81-year-old man, a 76-year-old woman, a 65-year-old man, and a 62-year-old woman. All had underlying health conditions.

Of those who've tested positive, 1,630 have recovered from the virus.

The transmission rate is remaining stable at one but it's also not decreasing. Mayor John Cooper said we're in a "delicate situation" with Phase 1 of reopening. He said the case count isn’t where we need it to be yet, but added that we haven’t seen shocking numbers.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was not operational on Monday, May 4, 2020 due to an electrical outage.


Total number of cases: 3,322
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 131

Cases by sex
Male: 1,653
Female: 1,464
Unknown: 205

Total cases by age

Unknown
4
0-10
86
11-20
239
21-30
848
31-40
669
41-50
525
51-60
458
61-70
290
71-80
138
81+
65
Total
3,322
Recovered
1,630
Deaths
32
Total active cases
1,660


All Metro Health Department locations reopened Tuesday morning after power was restored to all of their buildings. The COVID-19 Hotline is open and will take calls during their regular operating hours from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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.