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May 4 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports lowest active cases of 2021 at 11,337

Metro's active cases drop to 1,265, lowest in 2021
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Posted at 9:36 AM, May 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-04 16:15:12-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 542 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases to 849,978.

Of the reported cases, 826,424 are now considered recovered while 11,337 remain active, the lowest in 2021 so far. Tuesday's rate of positive new tests is 5.46%.

Twelve additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,217 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 776 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 31 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. No additional deaths were reported.

In Davidson County, there has been a total of 98,409 cases reported, 96,239 of which are now considered recovered. Active cases have declined to the lowest of 2021 at 1,265.

The Metro Public Health Department said 817 residents have died from COVID-19. Including probable and confirmed cases, 905 deaths have been attributed to the virus.


MPHD released the following data on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 12.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.3
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 46,779
Female: 50,879
Unknown: 751

Cases by age:

Unknown128
0-104,866
11-2010,340
21-3027,344
31-4019,049
41-5012,958
51-6011,007
61-707,222
71-803,505
81+1,990
Total98,409
Inactive/Recovered96,239
Deaths905
Total active cases1,265

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total
1,210,143111,0021,099,1419.17%


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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.

Prevention

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.