February 5 COVID-19 update: Tenn. Dept. of Health reports highest single-day COVID-19 deaths with 203

Posted at 9:35 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 17:32:47-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported the highest single-day increase in COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began with 203 deaths on Friday. A total of 10,405 Tennesseans have died from COVID-19, according to the Dept. of Health.

The state reported 2,661 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 739,031.

As of Thursday, 700,620 cases are considered recovered. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 7.73%.

Metro Public Health reported 260 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 85,718. Four additional deaths were also reported.

Right now, there are 3,162 active cases and 81,959 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been four new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 55-year-old woman, a 66-year-old man, a 59-year-old woman and an 88-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 559 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 597 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 39.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.4

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 602 calls on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Total number of cases: 85,718
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 260

Cases by sex
Male: 40,582
Female: 44,392
Unknown: 744

Cases by age

Total active cases3,162


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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.