TDH reports 204 deaths, 11,891 COVID-19 cases in Tennessee


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed additional cases of COVID-19 across the state on Friday, May 1.

The state’s total cases jumped to 11,891 after an additional 1,156 new cases were added, marking the highest single-day increase for Tennessee.

Early Friday afternoon, Tennessee Department of Correction confirmed more than 1,246 COVID-19 positive cases, out of 2,450 total tests, among staff and inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center in Trousdale County, following a targeted testing event at the facility that began on April 28.

Soon after TDOC announced the results, CoreCivic released results from the same facility that included different totals. Their results included 1,299 positive tests from inmates and 50 positive tests from staff.

CoreCivic’s release also stated all of the inmates and staff were asymptomatic at the time of testing. This is consistent with other correctional systems, which are reporting that 96 percent of inmates who tested positive are asymptomatic. Across all inmates and staff, only two inmates at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center exhibited any symptoms and are both receiving medical attention at a nearby hospital.

The state health department also reported five additional deaths to bring the total up to 204.

Out of the confirmed positive cases, 5,546 have recovered.

The latest number of hospitalizations is 1,113. A note on the department’s website states this total is an indication of the number of patients that were ever hospitalized during their illness and not an indication of the number of patients currently hospitalized.

Tennessee has conducted 186,132 tests across the state with 174,241 negative cases. The percentage for positive cases increased .4% to 6.4%. Friday’s update added an additional 8,506 tests to the state’s total.

The department also released updated nursing home statistics. The list of facilities with confirmed cases has jumped to 43. There are a total of 669 positive cases and 60 deaths in nursing homes statewide.

Earlier this week, Lee announced plans to test all nursing home patients and staff across roughly 700 nursing homes in the state.  

There are 16 COVID-19 drive-through testing locations available this weekend. You can see the full list of when and where here.

Counties reporting different case totals

Related – COVID-19 cases in Tennessee: Why are agencies reporting different totals?

Metro Public Health Department officials reported 2,832 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County on Friday morning, a difference of 180 cases.

In its Friday morning update, the Shelby County Health Department reported 2,556 cases of COVID-19 in the county, 43 fewer cases than the state’s report.

Reopening Tennessee

Governor Lee’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives released guidance for the reopening of churches and other houses of worship.

Related – Gov. Lee announces guidance for close contact businesses ahead of May 6 reopening in 89 counties

COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

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