February 3 COVID-19 update: Tennessee adds 133 additional deaths, surpassing 10K total

Metro reports 8 additional deaths, 138 new cases
Posted at 9:37 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 15:31:26-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 10 months after Tennessee reported its first death due to COVID-19 the state has surpassed 10,000 total deaths.

One hundred thirty-three additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19 as of February 3, bringing the state's total deaths from the virus to 10,033. The first death was reported on March 21, 2020.

On Wednesday, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,856 new COVID-19 cases. There have been a total of 733,216 known cases in the state, 693,707 of which are now considered recovered while 29,476 remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 10.53%.

While Tennessee has seen a recent decrease in daily new cases and active cases, the daily new reported deaths have remained high. TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said she expects the daily increase in deaths to begin decreasing in the upcoming weeks as this metric tends to lag compared to new cases.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,492 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 138 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and eight additional deaths.

There has been a total of 85,204 known cases in Davidson County, 81,023 of which are now considered recovered or inactive. As of February 3, 3,589 cases remain active in Metro Nashville.

Health officials said one new probable death has been reported in the past 24 hours -- a 70-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

There have been seven new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 58-year-old woman, an 80-year-old man, a 51-year-old woman, a 73-year-old man, a 76-year-old man, an 87-year-old woman and a 67-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

The Metro Public Health Department said 555 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 592 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 44.9
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 11 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,195 calls on Tuesday, February 2, 2020.

Total number of cases: 85,204
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 138

Cases by sex
Male: 40,337
Female: 44,116
Unknown: 751

Cases by Race
Asian 2.0%
Black or African American 18.2%
Other Race 13.3%
Pending 7.7%
Two or More Races 0.3%
Unknown 15.0%
White 43.4%

Deaths by Race
Asian 14
Black or African American 182
Other 36
White 354
Pending 6

Deaths by Zip Code
37013 59
37211 59
37115 47
37207 36
37215 19
37216 18
37076 21
37221 19
37214 17
37218 16
37210 14
37209 15
37138 16
37072 14
37206 12
37205 13
37217 12
37208 11

Cases by age

Total active cases3,589


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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.