NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 721 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 836,563.
Of the reported cases, 811,192 are now considered recovered while 13,275 remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive new tests is 5.97%.
Fifteen additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,096 deaths to the coronavirus so far.
Hospitals statewide reported 874 current COVID-19 patients overnight.
TDH now has a vaccine appointment availability map on its COVID-19 website where residents can see which counties across the state have open appointment times. Click here to view the latest map.
Metro Public Health reported 69 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death was reported.
Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,279. Of those, 94,745 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,636 active cases.
Health officials said there has been one new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 93-year-old woman with a pending medical history.
As of Tuesday, 898 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 89 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
Metro also released the following data:
New cases per 100,000 people: 17.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.3 - lowest since late March
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 290 calls on Monday, April 19, 2021.
Total number of cases: 97,279
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 69
Cases by sex
Cases by age
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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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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.