February 17 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 780 new cases, 31 additional deaths

Metro reports 74 new cases, assessment centers remain closed
Posted at 9:37 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 15:55:40-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 780 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Many testing centers around the state have closed for the week due to the winter storms.

As of February 17, there have been a total of 760,303 cases reported in the state, with 729,629 cases now considered recovered. Active cases now stand at 19,689 and Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 7.64%.

Thirty-one additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19 as of Wednesday. TDH has attributed 10,985 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,131 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 74 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and one additional death.

Nashville's three COVID-19 community testing centers are closed all week due to the winter storms, which could impact the daily update in cases.

In Davidson County, there has been a total of 88,300 known cases so far; 85,198 of which are now considered recovered/inactive. Currently, there are 2,484 active cases.

Metro Public Health Department said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours, an 85-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 579 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 618 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

New cases per 100,000 people: 31.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.8

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 576 calls on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Total number of cases: 88,300
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 74

Cases by sex
Male: 41,817
Female: 45,728
Unknown: 755

Cases by Race
Asian 2.0%
Black or African American 18.4%
Other Race 13.1%
Pending 7.6%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 14.8%
White 43.8%

Deaths by Race
Asian 15
Black or African American 190
Other 38
White 369
Pending 6

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 62
37211 63
37115 49
37207 38
37215 19
37216 18
37076 21
37221 21
37214 18
37218 16
37210 14
37209 16
37138 16
37072 14
37206 12
37205 13
37217 13
37208 11

Cases by age

Total active cases2,484


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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.