NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee will launch a new COVID-19 dashboard that will provide data and updates on its vaccine rollout.
The Tennessee Department of Health said the dashboard will launch Friday and will be updated each Tuesday and Friday. Click here for more information.
The department said it will provide data on “total vaccinations reported, vaccinations reported in the last day and within the last week.” It will also display the percentage of each county’s population that has been vaccinated.
According a release, the first reports shared will reflect those who have received their first dose of the vaccine. Future versions will also provide data on those who have been fully vaccinated with both their first and second doses.
“We are eager to offer this tool to track our progress in implementing Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and making this important preventive measure available to Tennesseans in every county of our state,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.
The state said it will continue to release daily case counts and data reports by 5 p.m. effective today. TDH had been releasing daily updates at 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted ahead of time.
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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.