April 23 COVID update: TDH reports 1,208 new cases, 12 additional death

Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 18:23:22-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,208 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases to 841,049.

Of the reported cases, 814,990 are now considered recovered. Wednesday's rate of positive new tests is 5.08%.

Twelve additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,142 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Metro Public Health reported 126 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. One additional death was also reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,647. Of those, 95,162 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,584 active cases.

Health officials said there has been one confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours -- a 49-year-old male with confirmed underlying health conditions.

As of today, 813 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 901 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 15.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 188 calls on Thursday, April 22, 2021.

Total number of cases: 97,647
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 126

Cases by sex
Male: 46,445
Female: 50,449
Unknown: 753

Cases by age

Total active cases1,584


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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.