April 12 COVID update: TDH reports 640 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths

Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-12 22:21:24-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 640 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 824,914.

Of the reported cases, 799,612 are now considered recovered. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 7.25%.

Three additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,015 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 802 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 211 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours. Two additional deaths were also reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 95,957. Of those, 93,269 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,795 active cases.

Health officials said there have been two new confirmed deaths reported in the past 72 hours -- a 71-year-old woman with a pending medical history and 56-year-old man with a pending medical history.

As of today, 805 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 893 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 18.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 15 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 85 calls on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Total number of cases: 95,957
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 211

Cases by sex
Male: 45,605
Female: 49,566
Unknown: 786

Cases by age

Total active cases1,795


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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.