May 3 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 436 new cases, 2 additional deaths

Metro reports 195 new cases in past 72 hours
Posted at 9:45 AM, May 03, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 436 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 849,436.

Of the reported cases, 825,180 are now considered recovered while 12,051 remain active. Monday's rate of positive new tests is 5.27%.

Two additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,205 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 805 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 195 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 72 hours. No additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 98,378. Of those, 96,106 are now considered inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,367 active cases.

As of Monday, 817 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 905 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.4
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline was closed over the weekend, receiving no calls on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Total number of cases: 98,378
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 195

Cases by sex
Male: 46,764
Female: 50,864
Unknown: 750

Cases by age

Total active cases1,367


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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.