April 8 COVID update: Tennessee reports 1,460 new cases, 21 additional deaths

Metro reports 193 new cases, 1 additional death
Posted at 9:23 AM, Apr 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-08 17:31:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,460 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 820,965.

Of the reported cases, 795,885 are now considered recovered while 13,083 remain active. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 6.73%.

Twenty-one additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,997 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 890 current COVID-19 patients overnight, the highest in more than a month.

Metro Public Health officials reported 193 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 95,499, and of those, 92,815 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours -- a 66-year-old female with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 800 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 889 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro officials also gave their weekly COVID update today and said they could issue a new public health order as early as next week.

This week's update comes as Metro surpassed 30% of residents having received at least their first dose. Mayor John Cooper has said that Nashville's reopening hinges on its vaccination rate. Restrictions were eased when the city hit 20% and are expected to continue to ease now that the goal of 30% has been met.

As of April 5, all adults in Tennessee are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in every county.

To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine in Tennessee, visit for Davidson County, or

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 19.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 395 calls on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Total number of cases: 95,499
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 193

Cases by sex
Male: 45,301
Female: 49,386
Unknown: 781

Cases by age

Total active cases1,795


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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.