April 15 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,535 new cases, 9 additional deaths

Metro reports 102 new cases, 3 additional deaths
Posted at 9:22 AM, Apr 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-15 16:32:43-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,535 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 829,114.

Of the reported cases, 803,320 are now considered recovered while 13,753 remain active. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 6.35%.

Nine additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 12,041 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 794 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 102 new cases of COVID-19 and three additional.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 96,306, and 93,737 of those are now considered inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been three new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- an 89-year-old man, an 88-year-old woman and a 65-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 808 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 896 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also provided its weekly COVID-19 update on Thursday morning. Dr. Gill Wright said starting Monday, Metro will begin accepting walk-ins at the Music City Center. Each day, the first 500 walk-ins will be give the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Click here to read more about vaccinations at Music City Center.

This week's update also comes after Metro revealed it was easing some of its COVID restrictions this week. Mayor John Cooper announced the updates Wednesday, citing the city's growing vaccination numbers.

The following capacity increases go into effect Friday, April 16, at 12:01 a.m.

  • Restaurants and bars can operate with up to 225 seated, socially-distanced patrons per floor
  • Restaurants and bar hours will return to their normal 3 a.m. closing
  • Gathering size and table seating will be increased to 15 with a maximum size of 25 if outside
  • Outdoor arenas with controlled access will have a 40% capacity and indoor arenas will have a 33% capacity
  • Maximum indoor event capacities will be increased to up to 3,000 with approval from the health department higher-risk events will be increased to 225.

Metro also released the follow data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 17.9
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.9

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 273 calls on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Total number of cases: 96,306
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 102

Cases by sex
Male: 45,769
Female: 49,750
Unknown: 787

Cases by age

Total active cases1,673


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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.