Tennessee coronavirus death toll stands at 94 with 4,634 cases

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Sumner and Shelby counties each have 20 COVID-19 related deaths

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The coronavirus death toll in Tennessee now totals 94, the Tennessee Department of Health report Thursday. The COVID-19 case count is 4,634.

The number of dead is up 94, or 19% from Wednesday, and the number of cases is up by 4,634 or 6%.

Two counties — Sumner and Shelby — account for 40 of the 94 deaths with 20 in each county. Davidson and Shelby each have over 1,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.

In addition to Sumner and Shelby, Davidson has 13 deaths, Hamilton has 10 and Rutherford has six.

Seven of the state’s 95 counties do not have a reported case of coronavirus. They are all small, rural counites located away from the state’s metro areas, except for Rhea which borders Hamilton County. They are Crockett, Hancock, Lake, Moore, Pickett, Rhea, and Van Buren.

There have been 505 hospitalizations attributed to the coronavirus in Tennessee and 921 people have recovered. There have been 59,849 tests administered in the state.

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There have been 449 hospitalizations attributed to the coronavirus in Tennessee and 592 people have recovered. There have been 56,618 tests administered in the state.

The total number of recovered cases in Knox County surpassed 100 on Thursday while the total number of cases surpassed 150, the Knox County Health Department said. Health Director Dr. Martha Buchanan said a possible fifth death in the county is being investigated to determine residency.

The state reports 157 cases for Knox County and three deaths. The state and county daily numbers seldom agree.

A new, rapid, COVID-19 test will soon be available in East Tennessee after being rolled out in Middle Tennessee. American Family Care launched the new rapid tests at their Spring Hill clinic this week and they are expected to be available at their locations in Alcoa and the Knoxville Cedar Bluff area in the next 7 to 10 days. Click here to view the locations map.

Both Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Buchanan said medical resource projections are showing a reduced need for hospital beds in the Knoxville area, a hopeful sign that social distancing and the state stay-at-home order may be working.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.

One of the best ways to prevent spread of the virus is washing your hands with soap and water. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends first washing with warm or cold water and then lathering soap for 20 seconds to get it on the backs of hands, between fingers and under fingernails before rinsing off.

You should wash your phone, too. Here’s how.

(Information from the Associated Press is included to this article.)

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