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Feb. 24 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,631 new cases, 68 deaths

Metro reports 127 new cases, 4 additional deaths
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Posted at 9:34 AM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-24 16:26:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,631 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 768,946.

Of the total cases, 743,254 are now considered recovered while 14,426 cases remain active. New tests reported have increased more than 26% in the last 24 hours, following a week of closures at many testing sites due to the winter storm. Wednesday's rate of positive new tests is 7.38%.

Sixty-eight additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,266 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 972 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Watch: Gov. Lee press briefing on COVID-19 in Tennessee and other topics

Metro Public Health officials reported 127 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 89,086, with 86,781 of those now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,678 active cases.

Health officials said there have been four new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 54-year-old woman, a 63-year-old man, a 60-year-old woman and an 82-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 588 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 627 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.


New cases per 100,000 people: 16.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,015 calls on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

Total number of cases: 89,086
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 127

Cases by sex
Male: 42,225
Female: 46,100
Unknown: 761

Cases by age

Unknown142
0-104,227
11-209,071
21-3024,862
31-4017,291
41-5011,813
51-6010,004
61-706,548
71-803,256
81+1,872
Total89,086
Inactive/Recovered86,781
Deaths627
Total active cases1,678


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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.

Prevention

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.