NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported an additional 356 COVID-19 cases Sunday, May 24, bringing the total to 20,145.

State officials say 336 have died from the virus but 12,837 have contracted it and recovered.

Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed a total of 4,731 COVID-19 cases in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 48 in the past 24 hours. No additional deaths were reported.

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 81 and older.

53 people have died in Davidson County and 3,528 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 54 calls on Friday, May 23, 2020.

Total number of cases: 4,731
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 48

Cases by sex
Male: 2,513
Female: 2,061
Unknown: 157

Total Cases by age

Total active cases1,150

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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:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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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