May 5 COVID-19 update: Tenn. active cases drop to 11,115; 907 new cases, 11 deaths reported

Metro's active cases drop to 1,158, lowest since October; 11 new cases reported
Posted at 9:44 AM, May 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-05 17:21:46-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 907 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 850,885.

Of the total cases, 827,542 are now considered recovered while 11,115 remain active, the lowest in 2021 for the second day in a row. Wednesday's rate of positive new tests is 5.16%.

Eleven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,228 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 803 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health reported 11 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 98,420. Of those, 96,356 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. The number of active cases has dropped to 1,158. The last time that number was below 1,200 was October 10.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours, a 73-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of Wednesday, 818 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 906 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 12.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.3

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 217 calls on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Total number of cases: 98,420
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 11

Cases by sex
Male: 46,782
Female: 50,888
Unknown: 750

Cases by age

Total active cases1,158


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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.