March 31 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,313 new cases, 10 additional deaths

Metro reports 106 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:37 AM, Mar 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-31 17:05:08-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,313 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 811,842.

Of the total cases, 786,959 are now considered recovered while 12,979 remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive new tests is 6.47%.

Ten additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,904 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 843 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Over the month of March, the state has seen a 3.98% improvement in active cases and a 5.7% improvement in hospitalizations.

Metro Public Health officials reported 106 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

Davidson County has seen a total of 94,369 cases reported, 91,662 of which are now considered recovered/inactive. Right now, 1,836 cases remain active.

Health officials said there have been two new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 70-year-old man and an 84-year-old man, both with pending medical histories.

The Metro Public Health Department said 785 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 871 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

MPHD released the following data on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 20.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 472 calls on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

Total number of cases: 94,369
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 106

Cases by sex
Male: 44,839
Female: 48,743
Unknown: 787

Cases by age

Total active cases1,836


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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.