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November 15 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 5,817 new cases

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Nov 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-15 16:12:19-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,817 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 16 additional cases.

This is the second highest daily report of new cases and brings the state's total case count to 310,937 so far. There have been 3,893 deaths.

Today's positivity rate is 12.37%. Data also shows 1,785 current hospitalizations and 270,091 recoveries.

Earlier the Metro Nashville health officials reported 432 new COVID-19 cases. No additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County has reported a total of 39,843 cases overall and as of November 15, 36,272 are considered recovered and 3,231 remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 327 people with a confirmed case of COVID-19 have died. Including probable and confirmed cases, 340 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:


New cases per 100,000 people: 56.04
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 19,388
Female: 20,114
Unknown: 341

Cases by age:

Unknown67
0-101,897
11-204,391
21-3011,836
31-407,900
41-505,303
51-604,075
61-702,481
71-801,154
81+712
Total39,843
Inactive/Recovered36,272
Deaths340
Total active cases3,231

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total
582,83448,770534,0648.37%


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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.