March 5 COVID update: Dept. of Health reports 1,445 new cases and 33 new deaths

Posted at 9:38 AM, Mar 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-05 17:09:53-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Department of Health officials reported 1,445 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 780,894.

Of the total cases, 755,474 are now considered recovered while 13,886 remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive new tests is 5.21%.

Thirty-three additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 11,534 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 821 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 109 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. No additional deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 90,445; 88,004 of which are now considered to be inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 1,797 active cases in Nashville.

As of today, 605 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 644 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

The 644 COVID-19 deaths in Davidson County do not include 195 deaths reported by the Tennessee Department of Health which have not been confirmed by MPHD. An updated review process is now underway to reconcile those 195 reported deaths.

Starting Monday, Nashville will move to Phase 1c in its vaccinations plan. This includes people over the age of 16 who are considered high-risk in terms of health complications from the virus.

Today also marks one year since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Tennessee.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 21.4
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 4.5 -- the lowest it's been all year

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 908 calls on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Total number of cases: 90,445
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 109

Cases by sex
Male: 42,882
Female: 46,799
Unknown: 764

Cases by age

Total active cases1,797


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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.