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MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for May 21


MPHD Daily COVID-19 Update for May 21

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today 92,114 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been three new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

Including both confirmed and probable cases, MPHD officials announced a total of 99,058 cases, an increase of 25 in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 107 years.

No new probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

There has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours, a 78-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

The Metro Public Health Department has updated its reporting procedures surrounding deaths caused by COVID-19. MPHD will now report the number of deaths reported by the Tennessee Department of Health, with verification standards in place to work to confirm those reports in a timely manner. MPHD will continue to investigate the cause of death and county of residence to ensure an accurate and true count.

Under the updated death reporting standards, eight hundred thirty-one (831) Davidson County residents have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable cases, 919 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

97,294 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

New cases per 100,000 people: 7.1

Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 3.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent

Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 84 calls on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Total number of cases: 99,058
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 25

Cases by sex
Male: 47,077
Female: 51,228
Unknown: 753

Cases by age

Unknown 129
0-10 4,937
11-20 10,427
21-30 27,532
31-40 19,209
41-50 13,024
51-60 11,062
61-70 7,242
71-80 3,516
81+ 1,980
Total 99,058
Inactive/Recovered 97,294
Deaths 919
Total active cases 845


Total number of tests conducted Total positive/probable results Total negative results Positive results as percentage of total
1,240,196 111,705 1,128,491 9.01%


Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:

  • Get vaccinated for COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings if not vaccinated, especially in indoor areas where you may be near people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.