Every day, the Tennessee Department of Health releases figures tracking the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in each county and statewide. In an effort to raise awareness about these figures and understand how our changes in behavior – including business closures, school closures, and sheltering in place for non-essential workers – are impacting infection rates, NashvilleHealth is sharing daily tracking updates and insights based on Department of Health data. We are also incorporating the latest daily figures for Davidson County from Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office.
Here is the latest state-level data as of 3pm CT on April 21st. Tennessee confirmed COVID-19 cases total 7,394. Hospitalizations are now at 760, and fatalities rose to 157.
Governor Lee announced today that next week, 89 of Tennessee’s 95 counties will begin a phased reopening of the state’s economy as we work to bring industries like retail, restaurants, and close contact services to a safe and methodical opening. For the remaining six counties, Gov. Lee and the Economic Recovery Group are working directly with local officials and health departments in Tennessee’s major metropolitan areas (Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, and Sullivan counties) as they plan their unique re-open strategies. Tennesseans must maintain habits like social distancing, working from home when possible, hand-washing, and utilizing cloth masks. Certain restrictions will remain in place to ensure we do this properly and safely, such as discouraging social gatherings of 10 or more and restricting visitors at nursing homes and hospitals until further notice.
More information on Governor Lee’s daily updates can be found here.
The data for Nashville-Davidson County is current as of 9:30am CT on April 21. The city has confirmed 1,936 cases of COVID-19, up from 1,903 on April 20, a 33-case increase. The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years. There were two additional deaths reported today, making the total death count 22.
More information on Mayor Cooper’s daily updates can be found here.