NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee were up 786 to 29,126 — or a 2.8% one-day increase, the Tennessee Department of Health said Friday.
Deaths were also up from Thursday to 468, an increase of 27, or 6.1%.
One reason for the big jump in numbers is probable cases and probable deaths are included in the statistics. The state had been using confirmed cases and deaths.
“We want to present a clear picture of the burden of COVID-19 on our state, and we want Tennesseans to understand the reason it may appear that we’ve had an increase in our cases and tests completed,” Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey in explaining the change.
The total number of COVID-19 cases will include both laboratory-confirmed cases and probable cases as defined in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveillance case definitions, according to a news release from the department.
Some 19,425 people have recovered from the virus.
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There have been 2,049 people hospitalized and 594,960 have been tested.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted the guidelines Friday, along with a second set for organizing and attending big gatherings such as concerts, sporting events, protests and political rallies.
Tennessee’s county health departments continue to offer COVID-19 testing at no charge to anyone who wishes to be tested and there is a map of locations.