NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Department of Health released its COVID-19 update for Wednesday, April 28. There are currently 12,768 active COVID-19 cases in the state.
The health department reported 1,134 new cases, bringing the state to 845,380 total cases. Of those cases, 698,634 are confirmed and 146,746 are probable.
TDH also confirmed 8 additional deaths, bringing Tennessee up to 12,171 total deaths.
Out of the confirmed positive cases, 820,441 are listed as inactive/recovered, an increase of 1,230 in the last 24 hours.
There are 823 people currently hospitalized in the state.
Tennessee has processed 7,624,583 tests. The latest update added 15,762 tests to the state’s total.
Earlier in the day, the state reported 823 people are currently hospitalized in Tennessee due to COVID-19.
- Floor Bed Availability: There are 1,514 (13%) available floor beds in the state, down 10% since the previous day’s report.
- ICU Bed Availability: There are 231 (11%) available ICU beds in the state, down 13% since the previous day’s report.
Public Health Orders & Mask Mandates
Governor Bill Lee announced the end of statewide public health orders Tuesday morning and signed Executive Order 80 to address economic and regulatory functions.
Executive Order 80 also ends the local authority to issue mask requirements in the 89 counties directed by the state health department. It will go into effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.
All capacity restrictions in Nashville put in place amid the pandemic will be lifted in mid-May with the city’s indoor mask mandate remaining in effect, according to Metro health officials.
The Metro Public Health Department made the announcement Tuesday morning and said the capacity limitations would officially be lifted as of 12:01 a.m. on May 14.
TDH’s vaccine dashboard shows over 3.9 million vaccinations have been given out so far in Tennessee. The dashboard also shows 34.4% of the state has received at least one dose with 24.7% of people fully vaccinated.
The Metro Public Health Department announced plans to resume administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in Nashville after pausing distribution. The pause in Nashville lasted 11 days as the FDA and the CDC say the Johnson & Johnson/Jansen vaccine is once again a recommended option, for those seeking a vaccine.