MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for May 17
Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 92,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.
There have been 43 new probable cases in the past 72 hours.
Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.
Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 98,921 cases, an increase of 150 in the past 72 hours.
The cases range in age from 1 month to 107 years.
No new probable deaths have been reported in the past 72 hours.
When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.
There have been no new confirmed deaths reported in the past 72 hours.
The Metro Public Health Department has updated its reporting procedures surrounding deaths caused by COVID-19. MPHD will now report the number of deaths reported by the Tennessee Department of Health, with verification standards in place to work to confirm those reports in a timely manner. MPHD will continue to investigate the cause of death and county of residence to ensure an accurate and true count.
Under the updated death reporting standards, eight hundred twenty-six (826) Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 914 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
97,061 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.
New cases per 100,000 people: 8.0
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.2
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was out of service over the weekend, receiving no calls on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
Total number of cases: 98,921
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 150
Cases by sex
Cases by age
|Total active cases||946|
|Total number of tests conducted||Total positive/probable results||Total negative results||Positive results as percentage of total|
Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:
- Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others).
- Gatherings are recommended to be kept at 8 people or fewer, to the extent possible. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
- Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
- Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 years of age or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.