February 9 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 65 additional deaths, 1,636 new cases

Metro reports 7 additional deaths, 133 new cases
Posted at 9:36 AM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 15:56:50-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,636 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total known cases in the state to 747,462.

As of February 9, 710,742 people are now considered recovered from the virus while 26,089 cases remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 11.44%.

Sixty-five additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 10,631 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,293 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey held an update on the state's fight against COVID-19 on Tuesday afternoon.

Metro Public Health reported 133 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 86,781. Right now, there are 3,023 active cases and 83,150 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been seven new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 68-year-old woman with a pending medical history, along with a 56-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, a 70-year-old man, a 67-year-old man, an 80-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 570 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 608 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 36.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 7.0

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 727 calls on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Total number of cases: 86,781
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 133

Cases by sex
Male: 41,082
Female: 44,944
Unknown: 755

Cases by age

Total active cases3,023


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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.