Feb. 26 COVID-19 update: Reported COVID-19 hospitalizations jump by nearly 30% in Friday's report

Posted at 9:37 AM, Feb 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-26 16:30:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,573 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number of known cases to 772,513.

As of February 25, 746,945 cases are now considered recovered. An additional 18,655 people were tested throughout the state.

Fifty-six additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,377 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,283 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 211 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths.

Metro Public Health officials reported 301 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. This is the largest increase in daily new cases in at least two weeks after the city's community assessment centers reopened this week following last week's winter storms.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 89,598; 87,258 of which are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,708 active cases in Nashville.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours -- an 82-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 593 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 632 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro began scheduling vaccination appointments for the 65+ age group on Friday. The high volume of traffic on the site caused Metro's scheduling system to crash. The department said it's working to find a solution.

New cases per 100,000 people: 13.8
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 7.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,075 calls on Thursday, February 25, 2021.

Total number of cases: 89,598
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 301

Cases by sex
Male: 42,457
Female: 46,372
Unknown: 769

Cases by age

Total active cases1,708


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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.