April 6 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 986 new cases, 38 deaths

Metro reports 79 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:34 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 16:20:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 986 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 818,008.

Of the reported cases, 793,488 are now considered recovered while 12,553 remain active. Tuesday's report reflects the lowest number of active cases in nearly three weeks. Tuesday's rate of positive new tests is 8.57%.

Thirty-eight additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,967 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 853 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 79 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. Two additional deaths were also reported: a 90-year-old man and a 79-year-old man.

In Davidson County, there has been a total of 95,204 cases reported, 92,468 of which are now considered recovered/inactive. Right now, 1,855 cases remain active in Metro Nashville.

The Metro Public Health Department said 794 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 881 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Anyone 16 years or older can now sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Davidson County. As of Monday, 30% of Nashville residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Below is data from MPHD on Davidson County's cases:

New cases per 100,000 people: 20.4
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 45,251
Female: 49,173
Unknown: 780

Cases by age:

Total active cases1,855

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.