Coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise to 16,370; officials caution retesting may be necessary

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)
(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

(Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The number of cases of the coronavirus in Tennessee has risen to 16,370 as of May 13, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This marks an increase of 259 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, a 1.6% increase.

This total includes 274 deaths, 1,388 cumulative hospitalizations and 8,624 recovered patients. More than 290,000 tests have been conducted statewide.

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 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.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.