March 23 COVID-19 update: Dept. of Health reports 1,459 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths

Posted at 9:34 AM, Mar 23, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,459 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 803,104.

Of the total cases, 777,820 are now considered recovered. A total of 13,537 active COVID-19 cases were reported - an increase of 1,000 since last Tuesday as restrictions continue to be lifted. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 9.04%.

Thirty-four additional Tennesseans died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,747 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 756 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 78 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. No additional deaths were reported.

In Davidson County, there has been a total of 93,223 cases reported, 90,460 of which are now considered recovered. Right now, 1,908 cases remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 770 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 855 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

The seven-day rate of positive new tests in Davidson County has risen to 4.7%, the highest since March 3.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 21.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.7
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 22 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 44,274
Female: 48,174
Unknown: 775

Cases by age:

Total active cases1,908

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.