April 5 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 523 new cases, 7 additional deaths

Metro reports 384 new cases, 3 additional deaths in past 72 hours
Posted at 9:36 AM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 16:27:33-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 523 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 817,022.

Of the reported cases, 792,086 are now considered recovered while 13,007 remain active. Monday's rate of active cases is 5.13%.

Seven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH said 11,929 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus.

Hospitals statewide reported 810 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

As of Monday, all Tennesseans ages 16 and older are eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.

Metro Public Health officials reported 384 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours and three additional deaths.

Monday's update brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 95,125. Of those, 92,305 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,941 active cases.

Health officials said there have been three new confirmed deaths reported in the past 72 hours -- a 64-year-old man with a pending medical history along with a 69-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of Monday, 792 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 879 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 20.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was closed for the holiday on Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Total number of cases: 95,125
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 384

Cases by sex
Male: 45,212
Female: 49,133
Unknown: 780

Cases by age

Total active cases1,941


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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.