February 19 COVID-19 update: Dept. of Health reports 17,457 active cases after week of testing site closures

Posted at 9:39 AM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:05:13-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,372 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. Many testing centers around the state have closed for the week due to the winter storms.

The state also reported 7 additional deaths. As of February 19, there have been a total of 762,673 cases reported in the state, with 734,152 cases now considered recovered. Active cases now stand at 17,457 and Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 10.38%.

Metro Public Health reported 111 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. No additional deaths were reported.

Today's update comes as Nashville's community assessment centers remain closed. Due to the winter storms, many testing centers around the state have been closed this week, which has impacted daily reports of new cases.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 88,493; 85,756 of those are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, Metro has 2,118 active cases.

As of today, 580 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 619 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 28.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 552 calls on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Total number of cases: 88,493
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 111

Cases by sex
Male: 41,921
Female: 45,814
Unknown: 758

Cases by age

Total active cases2,118


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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.