February 22 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 952 new cases, 20 additional deaths

Metro reports 116 new cases after week of testing closures
Posted at 9:35 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 15:31:46-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 952 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total known cases in the state to 766,089.

Of the total cases, 738,731 are now considered recovered while 16,205 remain active. Many testing centers across the state were closed last week, but Monday's rate of positive tests is 9.94%.

Twenty additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,153 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,008 current COVID-19 patients, a nearly 35% improvement since the beginning of February.

Metro health officials reported 116 new cases of COVID-19. No additional deaths were reported.

Davidson County's three community assessment centers for COVID-19 testing will reopen on Monday at 10 a.m. after a week of being closed due to the winter storms.

As of February 22, there has been a total of 88,849 cases reported in Metro Nashville, 86,243 of which are now considered recovered or inactive. Currently, 1,986 cases remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 581 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 620 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

MPHD released the following data on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 21.9
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.5
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 18 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 15 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 42,110
Female: 45,979
Unknown: 760

Cases by age:

Total active cases1,986

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.