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April 16 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,370 new cases, 8 additional deaths

Metro reports 110 new cases, 2 additional deaths
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Posted at 9:41 AM, Apr 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-16 16:15:56-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,370 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 830,484.

Of the reported cases, 804,501 are now considered recovered while 13,934 remain active. Friday's rate of positive new tests is 5.99%.

Eight additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,049 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 820 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro reported 110 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday and two additional deaths.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 96,416. Of those, 93,897 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been two new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 69-year-old woman and a 63-year-old man, both with underlying health conditions.

As of Friday, 810 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 898 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.


New cases per 100,000 people: 17.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 338 calls on Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Total number of cases: 96,416
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 110

Cases by sex
Male: 45,831
Female: 49,797
Unknown: 788

Cases by age

Unknown128
0-104,685
11-2010,078
21-3026,791
31-4018,644
41-5012,738
51-6010,803
61-707,117
71-803,465
81+1,967
Total96,416
Inactive/Recovered93,897
Deaths898
Total active cases1,621


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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.

Prevention

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.