February 4 COVID-19 update: Dept. of Health reports 3,154 new COVID-19 cases and 169 deaths

Posted at 9:24 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 15:40:40-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,154 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 736,370.

As of Thursday, 697,110 cases are considered recovered while 29,058 cases remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 8.23%.

One hundred sixty-nine additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 10,202 deaths to the virus so far.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,443 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 254 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday. One additional death was reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 85,458, and of those, 81,565 are now considered inactive/recovered. Right now, there are 3,300 active cases -- the lowest number since December.

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Health officials said one new probable death has been reported in the past 24 hours -- a 73-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 555 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 593 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 42.4
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 8.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 10 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 646 calls on Wednesday, February 3, 2020.

Total number of cases: 85,458
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 254

Cases by sex
Male: 40,458
Female: 44,257
Unknown: 743

Cases by age

Total active cases3,300


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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.