April 1 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,772 new cases, 11 additional deaths

Metro reports 188 new cases, active cases at 1,867
Posted at 9:24 AM, Apr 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-01 18:37:58-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,772 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases to 813,614.

Of the total cases, 788,215 are now considered recovered while 13,484 remain active. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 6.06%.

Eleven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,915 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 837 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

As of Thursday, at least 1 million Tennesseans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. TDH said about 22% of residents have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Metro Public Health reported 188 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. No additional deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 94,557; 91,819 of those are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,867.

As of Thursday, 785 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 871 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also gave its weekly COVID update today. Dr Alex Jahangir said nearly 28% of Davidson County residents have received their first dose, and they're hoping to reach Mayor John Cooper's goal of 50% by May 5.

On Wednesday, Metro announced that it's now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for anyone 16 and older at Music City Center. Health officials had originally expected to expand to 16 and over on April 5. However, after receiving additional doses of vaccine this week from the Tennessee Department of Health, the decision was made to start earlier.

Anyone under age 18 will be required to have signed approval from their parent or guardian.

To schedule an appointment, visit or by calling 615-862-7777 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Health Department also offers a Spanish language phone number to schedule appointments at 615-326-9986.

New cases per 100,000 people: 20.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.7

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 989 calls on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

Total number of cases: 94,557
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 188

Cases by sex
Male: 44,938
Female: 48,841
Unknown: 778

Cases by age

Total active cases1,867


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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.