February 8 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 97 additional deaths, 1,226 new cases

Metro reports 278 new cases, active cases at 3,348
Posted at 9:36 AM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-08 16:36:37-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,226 new COVID-19 cases on Monday.

There have been a total of 745,826 known cases in the state so far, 707,098 of which are now considered recovered while 28,162 remain active. Monday's rate of positive tests is 8.6%.

Ninety-seven additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 10,566 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,294 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health reported 278 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 86,648. The department said no additional deaths were reported.

Right now, there are 3,348 active cases and 82,699 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

As of Monday, 563 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 601 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 37.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 7.0

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 19 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 48 calls on Sunday, February 7, 2021.

Total number of cases: 86,648
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 278

Cases by sex
Male: 41,013
Female: 44,880
Unknown: 755

Cases by age

Total active cases3,348


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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.