NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,605 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 57,591. The department said 25 additional deaths were reported.
TDOH officials released the latest numbers Thursday, saying of those total cases, 57,153 were confirmed and 438 were probable. Statewide, 710 deaths were reported — 684 of those are confirmed and 26 are probable.
The department also reported 3,088 hospitalizations and said 33,609 had recovered.
Earlier in the day, Metro Public Health officials reported 688 new cases. Mayor John Cooper said this marked Nashville’s “worst day of confirmed cases on record.”
Cooper said the city’s transmission rate is currently 1.23 and the 14-day case average is 273 — both metrics are in the red for Metro’s reopening guidelines. He urged all residents to wear face masks, saying 70% of new cases come from non-essential activities.
When asked if the city could revert back to Phase One at some point, Dr. Alex Jahangir said “all options are on the table.”
Including both confirmed and probable cases, health officials reported a total of 13,440 cases. They said 172 of the 688 new cases date back to late June. The department says it’s working with a new lab and expects to eliminate or significantly reduce future reporting delays.
The cases range in age from 1 month to 102 years.
Eight additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 94-year old woman, an 81-year old man, an 86-year old man, a 91-year old man, a 77 year-old man, a 46-year old man, a 60-year old man, and a 63-year old man. Officials said the medical history of all eight deaths is pending.
As of Thursday, 129 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 132 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
So far, 8,729 individuals have recovered from the virus.
Available hospital beds: 20 percent
Available ICU beds: 22 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 256 calls on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
Total number of cases: 13,440
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 688
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
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Cooper said during his briefing on Tuesday that the city is seeing a “dangerous new spike” in case numbers.
On Wednesday, Tennessee reached a new one-day record of people who have tested positive for the virus.
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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.
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