February 12 COVID-19: hospitalizations fall under 1,200 in daily count for first time in 2021

Posted at 9:34 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 17:12:51-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,246 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 754,279.

As of Thursday, 718,749 people are now considered recovered. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 7.59%.

Eighty-one additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 10,893 deaths to the virus so far.

COVID-19 hospitalizations fell under 1,200 in daily count for the first time in 2021.

Metro Public Health officials reported 190 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. No additional deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 87,472, and 84,023 of those are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 2,838 active cases -- down nearly 9% from one week ago.

As of today, 573 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 611 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 32.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 784 calls on Thursday, February 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 87,472
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 190

Cases by sex
Male: 41,427
Female: 45,293
Unknown: 752

Cases by age

Total active cases2,838


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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.