Coronavirus cases across the state of Tennessee have risen to 16,970 as of May 15, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. This marks an increase of 271 new cases reported since the update May 14.

The total includes 290 deaths, 1,454 cumulative hospitalizations and 9,280 recovered patients. More than 309,000 tests have been conducted statewide.

In Davidson County, there was an increase of 50 cases since yesterday's update. In Williamson County, there was an increase of 6 cases.

During a press briefing May 11, TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said residents should not develop a false sense of confidence if they have tested negative for the coronavirus already. She said any residents experiencing symptoms, such as shortness of breath and fever, should get another test at one of the state's free testing sites.

Piercey also cautioned that it is not yet known if humans can develop an immunity to the virus, leaving open the possibility of reinfection.

Residents can find testing sites and assessment centers here.