April 21 COVID-10 update: Tennessee reports 1,270 new cases, 15 additional deaths

Metro reports 92 new cases; active cases at 1,590, lowest since mid-March
Posted at 9:39 AM, Apr 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-21 17:26:34-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,270 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases to 837,833.

Of the reported cases, 812,546 are now considered recovered while 13,176 remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive new tests is 6.87%.

Fifteen additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,111 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 917 current COVID-19 patients overnight. Active hospitalizations haven't been above 900 since late February.

Metro Public Health reported 92 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. No additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,371. Of those, 94,883 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,590 active cases.

As of Wednesday, 898 Davidson County deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 17
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 214 calls on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Total number of cases: 97,371
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 92

Cases by sex
Male: 46,294
Female: 50,329
Unknown: 768

Cases by age

Total active cases1,590


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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.