April 27 COVID-19 update: TDH reports 1,187 new COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths

Metro's active cases dip to 1,471, lowest all year
Posted at 9:39 AM, Apr 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-27 18:44:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,187 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of known cases to 844,246.

Of the reported cases, 819,211 are now considered recovered. Tuesday's rate of positive new tests is 7.59%.

Eleven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH attributed 12,163 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 777 current COVID-19 patients overnight, which has been below 800 patients for three days in a row.

Dr. Lisa Piercey, the commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Health, gave an update on COVID-19 in Tennessee on Tuesday after Gov. Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders. Piercey spoke about the current vaccine hesitancy among many Tennesseans and the steadying of new and active cases.

Watch her full update below:

Metro Public Health reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. No additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,922. Of those, 95,549 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,471 active cases in Metro -- the lowest number so far this year. The last time active cases were in the 1,400-1,300 range was mid-October.

As of Tuesday, 814 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 902 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 16.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 276 calls on Monday, April 26, 2021.

Total number of cases: 97,922
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 52

Cases by sex
Male: 46,568
Female: 50,602
Unknown: 752

Cases by age

Total active cases1,471


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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.