February 2 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 147 additional deaths, 2,173 new cases

Metro reports 8 additional deaths, 158 new cases
Posted at 9:37 AM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 15:49:02-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,173 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 731,360.

As of Tuesday, 688,963 cases are considered recovered while 32,497 cases remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 12.81%.

One hundred forty-seven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 9,900 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,547 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 158 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday and Eight additional deaths.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 85,066. Right now, there are 4,009 active cases and 80,473 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said two new probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours -- a 55-year-old woman with a pending medical history and an 88-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. There have been six new confirmed deaths -- a 41-year-old man, a 54-year-old man, a 61-year-old man, a 65-year-old woman, a 79-year-old woman and a 77-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Monday, 548 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 584 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 49.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 19 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 957 calls on Monday, February 1, 2020.

Total number of cases: 85,066
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 158

Cases by sex
Male: 40,278
Female: 44,034
Unknown: 754

Cases by age

Total active cases4,009


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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.