April 19 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 470 new cases, 17 additional deaths

Metro reports 794 cases in last 72 hours, 473 part of 'lab dump'
Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 17:16:54-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 470 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 835,842.

Due to a data backlog from a statewide provider, about 3,200 positive tests were also reported on Monday. TDH said some of these results dated back to January 2021, while only 1,020 of the cases were from tests collected in the last seven days.

Of the reported cases, 809,773 are now considered recovered while 13,988 remain active. Monday's rate of positive new tests is 6.97%.

Seventeen additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH said 12,081 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 844 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health reported 794 COVID-19 cases in the past 72 hours. However, of those, only 321 are considered new cases.

Metro released the latest data Monday, with the note: "473 of the 794 reported cases were the result of a lab dump from a private lab; of these cases, less than 10% would be considered active' cases."

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,210. Of those, 94,568 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,745 active cases.

No additional deaths were reported in the past 72 hours. Metro said 809 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 897 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 17.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 44 calls on Sunday, April 18, 2021.

Total number of cases: 97,210
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 794

Cases by sex
Male: 46,213
Female: 50,219
Unknown: 778

Cases by age

Total active cases1,745


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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.