April 22 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,008 new cases, 19 additional deaths

Metro reports 150 new cases, 2 additional deaths
Posted at 9:14 AM, Apr 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-22 16:43:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,008 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 839,841.

The department said Thursday's update "reflects a data update received between monitoring databases." Earlier this week, more than 3,000 backlogged cases were reported, some from tests taken as far back as January.

Of the reported cases, 813,791 are now considered recovered while 13,920 remain active. Thursday's rate of positive new tests is 6.34%.

Nineteen additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed `12,130 deaths to the coronavirus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 866 current COVID-19 hospitalizations overnight, a decrease of 52 patients from the day prior.

Metro Public Health officials reported 150 new cases of COVID-19 and two additional deaths.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 97,521. Of those, 95,015 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,606 active cases.

Health officials said there have been two new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 70-year-old male with confirmed underlying health conditions, and a 57-year-old male with a pending medical history.

As of Thursday, 812 Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 900 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

This week's update comes as Metro continues its push to get 50% of residents vaccinated by May. So far, nearly 39% of residents have received their first dose of the vaccine. Wright said they expect to hit the 100,000 mark later this week. Click here to read more about how Metro is increasing walk-in vaccinations at Music City Center.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 16.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.7

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 177 calls on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Total number of cases: 97,521
Cases reported in the past 72 hours: 150

Cases by sex
Male: 46,366
Female: 50,389
Unknown: 766

Cases by age

Total active cases1,606


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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.