NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,718 additional cases of COVID-19 Saturday, along with 26 additional deaths.
This makes the past week the state’s deadliest week from the virus, with 126 deaths reported this week.
It was also the highest week of new hospitalizations, with 547.
More than 36,000 Tennesseans are in the active stages of #COVID19 at present – more than double the number on July 1st. (Active cases = confirmed cases – recovered – deaths.) 4/ pic.twitter.com/u4VJuCOuyv
— Phil Williams (@NC5PhilWilliams) July 25, 2020
The state has now seen 90,796 coronavirus cases and 964 deaths since the pandemic began. There have been 53,808 recoveries. More than 36,000 residents currently have COVID-19.
Earlier today, Metro Public Health officials reported 250 new cases. Including both confirmed and probable cases, Metro officials announced a total of 19,374 cases. Of those, 19,349 are confirmed and 25 are probable.
Probable cases refer to those that do not test positive in a diagnostic test but do have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she meets the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, if a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.
Metro officials said an additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 43-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.
As of Friday, 167 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 175 deaths have been attributed to the virus.
So far, 13,508 individuals have recovered.
Metro also released the following data:
Available hospital beds: 15 percent
Available ICU beds: 12 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 55 calls on Friday, July 24, 2020.
Total number of cases: 19,374
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 250
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
Unknown470-1093311-201,92721-305,87631-403,97441-502,72951-601,89261-701,09971-8054881+349Total19,374Recovered13,508Deaths175Total active cases5,691
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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:
CoughShortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
FeverChillsRepeated shaking with chillsMuscle painHeadacheSore throatNew 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.