February 27 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,374 new cases, 16 new deaths

Posted at 9:42 AM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 16:03:02-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,374 additional COVID cases Saturday, along with 16 new deaths.

This brings the state's total case count to 773,887. Today's percent positive rate is 5.9%, the lowest since September 28.

So far 11,393 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

There are currently 925 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The state also reported 1,785 new recoveries in the past 24 hours.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. One new death was also reported.

Davidson County's total number of cases is now at 89,753. Of those, 87,454 are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,666 active cases in Nashville.

There has been one new confirmed death reported - a 74-year-old woman with underlying health conditions. There have been no new probable deaths in the past 24 hours.

As of today, 594 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 633 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 14.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 7.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,119 calls on Friday, February 26, 2021.

Total number of cases: 89,753
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 155

Cases by sex
Male: 42,532
Female: 46,451
Unknown: 770

Cases by age

Total active cases1,666


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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.