February 14 COVID update: Tenn. reports 1,347 new cases, 31 new deaths

Posted at 9:40 AM, Feb 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-14 16:11:11-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,347 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with 31 additional deaths.

This brings the state's total case count to 757,418. Today's percent positive rate is 7.4.

So far 10,933 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

There are currently 1,109 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of the virus.

The state also reported 1,621 new recoveries in the past 24 hours.

Feb. 14 COVID

Earlier today Metro health officials reported 204 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of known cases in Metro Nashville to 87,959.

As of Sunday, 84,455 cases are now considered recovered while 2,887 cases remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 578 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 617 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. No additional deaths were reported on Sunday.

Available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee has reached 20% for the first time this week and available ICU beds now stands at 14%. MPHD determines at least 20% availability as satisfactory in its key metrics for reopening.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 35.0
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.3
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 20 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 41,664
Female: 45,541
Unknown: 754

Cases by age:

Total active cases2,887


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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.