Note: This story was last updated at 3:30 p.m.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee passed 3,000 on Friday. There were 3,067 cases, with 37 deaths and 293 hospitalizations, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
For the fourth straight day, the number of COVID-19 cases in Anderson County remained at 10.
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness that can be deadly.
The 3,067 cases reported in Tennessee on Friday was about double the 1,537 reported on Sunday.
The number of deaths more than doubled in four days, up from 13 on Monday.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. In most cases, those who are infected with the new coronavirus that causes the diesase are not hospitalized and they survive. Still, even those who do not need to be hospitalized often report fevers, fatigue, headaches, coughing, and body pains that can sometimes last for days. Others report milder symptoms or no symptoms at all. But in some cases, reportedly somewhere between about 8 percent to 20 percent, patients may need to be hospitalized, and some percentage of those patients need to be treated in intensive care and put on ventilators.
On Friday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported that 248 patients had recovered from COVID-19. Recovered patients are those who have been confirmed to not have symptoms and have completed their required isolation period, or it’s been at least 21 days since they had their first test confirming their illness.
The number of cases in Tennessee on Friday was up from 2,845 on Thursday, when there were a total of 32 deaths and 263 hospitalizations. It was up from 2,683 on Wednesday, when there were 24 deaths and 200 hospitalizations.
The number of cases in Tennessee passed 2,000 on Tuesday. The state reports both confirmed cases and cases that are presumed to be positive.
On Friday, the state reported that eight of the deaths from COVID-19 have occurred in Sumner County northeast of Nashville. There have been six deaths each in Davidson County, which includes Nashville in Middle Tennessee, and Shelby County, which includes Memphis in West Tennessee.
There have been three deaths each in Hamilton County, which includes Chattanooga in southeast Tennessee, and Rutherford County southeast of Nashville.
The other fatalities have been in Williamson County (2), Franklin County (1), Greene County (1), Hawkins County (1), Knox County (1), Marion County (1), Obion County (1), Sullivan County (1), and Trousdale County (1). One non-Tennessee resident has died.
The state does not report which counties the hospitalizations occurred in, and it’s not clear how many of the patients remain in the hospital.
The Tennessee Department of Health publishes the state case totals at 2 p.m. Central time each day.
There have been 190 COVID-19 tests of Anderson County patients, with 10 positive and 180 negative.
Shelby County and Davidson County had more than 600 cases each on Friday, with 685 in Davidson County and 640 in Shelby County.
Seven Nashville-area counties had 1,449 total cases on Friday: Cheatham (11), Davidson (685), Robertson (51), Rutherford (127), Sumner (283), Williamson (221), and Wilson (71). That was about 47 percent of the state’s total.
Two Memphis-area counties in West Tennessee, Fayette and Tipton, had 17 and 28 cases, respectively. But it’s not clear how many cases might be in surrounding counties in Arkansas and Mississippi.
Knox County, which includes Knoxville in East Tennessee, had 98 cases, and Hamilton County had 67.
Besides Knox County, here were the case totals in other counties surrounding Anderson County on Friday: Campbell (4), Loudon (12), Morgan (2), Roane (3), Scott (3), and Union (1).
There have been a total of 37,839 COVID-19 tests across the state. The 3,067 positive tests were about 8.1 percent of the total tests, and the 34,772 negative tests were about 91.9 percent of the total.
Demographically, the largest number of cases was still in patients who are 21 to 30 years old. There were 693 cases, or about 22.6 percent of the total, in that age group.
There are close to or more than 500 cases each in the next three age groups: 31-40 years old (494 cases), 41-50 (474), and 51-60 (544). The four age groups, from 21 to 60 years old, account for 2,205 cases, or about 72 percent of the state’s total.
Older adults and patients with certain pre-existing conditions are reported to be more vulnerable to COVID-19. But health officials and health care workers caution that, while younger patients and those without pre-existing conditions might be less vulnerable overall, they can still succumb to the disease and might help spread the illness even if they don’t get sick.
The percentage of patients who have tested positive and been hospitalized in Tennessee is about 9.6 percent so far (293 hospitalizations out of 3,067 cases).
The percentage of patients who have tested positive and died in Tennessee is about 1.2 percent so far (37 deaths out of 3,067 cases).
COVID-19 is caused by a new coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December. Since then, it has spread around the world, infecting more than one million people and killing more than 60,000. There were more than 275,000 cases in the United States, where more than 6,500 people have died, as of Saturday afternoon, April 4.
Across the world, the virus has led to quarantines and other disruptions to daily lives, including school and business closures; lockdowns and shutdowns; some hoarding and panic buying at grocery stores; travel bans and closed borders; and economic slowdowns and large number of job losses.
Globally, more than 230,000 patients were reported to have recovered from COVID-19 by Saturday afternoon.
Here were the county totals of COVID-19 in Tennessee as of Friday, April 3, 2020:
- Non-Tennessee resident—187
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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