February 15 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,143 new cases, 4 additional deaths

Metro reports 142 new cases, 17% ICU availability
Posted at 9:38 AM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 15:51:08-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,143 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total known cases in the state to 758,561.

Of the total cases, 724,031 people are now considered recovered while 23,593 cases remain active. Monday's rate of positive tests is 7.85%.

Four additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 10,937 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,091 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 142 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. No additional deaths were reported.

As of February 15, there have been 88,101 total cases reported in Davidson County, 84,578 of which are now considered recovered/inactive. Currently, 2,906 cases remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 578 people have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable and confirmed cases, 617 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Available hospital and ICU beds in Middle Tennessee are now at the highest point for the year, with 22% and 17% available respectively.

MPHD released the following data on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 33.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 6.2
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 22 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 17 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 41,724
Female: 45,623
Unknown: 754

Cases by age:

Total active cases2,906

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.