NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 32 additional deaths were reported in the past 24 hours.
TDOH officials says today's update brings the state's total number of cases to 180,497. Statewide, 2,196 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
The department said 88 new hospitalizations were reported in the past 24 hours and 1,474 more people have recovered.
The total COVID-19 case count for Tennessee is 180,497 as of September 18, 2020 including 2,196 deaths, 735 current hospitalizations and 163,181 recovered. [Percent positive for today is 6.78%.] For the full report with additional data: https://t.co/Psc3HfgZ8j. pic.twitter.com/qYFR8d3Ju7— TN Dept. of Health (@TNDeptofHealth) September 18, 2020
Earlier in the day, Metro reported 68 new cases. No additional deaths were reported.
Metro Public Health officials said today's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 27,761. Right now, there are 1,046 active cases and 26,458 people have recovered.
There have been seven new probable cases in the past 24 hours.
Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.
As of Friday, 246 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 257 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
New cases per 100,000 people: 11.62
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.1
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 19 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 34 calls on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
Total number of cases: 27,761
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 68
Cases by sex
Cases by age
|Total active cases||1,046|
On Thursday, Mayor John Cooper announced the city would enter Phase Three of it's reopening on Oct. 1. However, bars and limited service restaurants can increase their capacity starting today.
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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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.