NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee launched a new website Tuesday to provide the latest updates on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a release, the new COVID19.tn.gov website is designed to “streamline and simplify” some of the most requested data and information for residents. It’s available on desktop and mobile devices.
“This new site will help Tennesseans quickly and easily find important information as they navigate decisions for themselves and their families,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “We are committed to acting in the most transparent manner possible and are continuously working to ensure we provide timely and relevant data.”
The site has dashboards and daily reports with state and county-level information, including case counts, hospitalizations and tests conducted. There’s also a map showing testing sites across the state.
The state says information on the new website will remain available on the Tennessee Department of Health’s page. TDH will also continue providing their daily update at 2 p.m.
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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.