Virus Outbreak Testing Standards

A certified medical assistant administers a coronavirus rapid test in the student health center at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

NASHVILLE — Metro Public Health Department officials announced today there have been 83,412 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County.

There have been 13 new probable cases in the past 24 hours.

Probable cases refer to those that have supporting epidemiological and clinical evidence that a COVID-19 infection has occurred, regardless of test result. If a person is a close contact of a COVID-19 case and has a clinically compatible illness, he or she can meet the criteria to be a probable case. Additionally, a positive result of an antigen test from a respiratory specimen can meet the criteria to be a probable case. If a health care provider diagnoses a person with clinically compatible illness with COVID-19, this person meets the probable case criteria.

Including confirmed and probable cases, health officials announced a total of 88,382 cases, an increase of 82 in the past 24 hours.

The cases range in age from 1 month to 107 years.

No new probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

When the health care provider who signs the death certificate determines COVID-19 disease was the cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death, this person meets the probable case criteria and would be considered a probable death.

There has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours, a 76-year-old female with confirmed underlying health conditions.

A total of 580 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including confirmed and probable cases, 619 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

85,505 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

  • New cases per 100,000 people: 30.4
  • Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 5.8
  • Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 23%
  • Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 13%
  • The Metro Health COVID-19 hotline received 858 calls on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
  • Total number of cases: 88,382
  • Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 82

Cases by sex

  • Male: 41,856
  • Female: 45,771
  • Unknown: 755

Cases by age

  • Unknown: 142
  • 0-10: 4,201
  • 11-20: 8,972
  • 21-30: 24,671
  • 31-40: 17,169
  • 41-50: 11,731
  • 51-60: 9,914
  • 61-70: 6,499
  • 71-80: 3,232
  • 81+: 1,851

Total cases recorded

  • Total cases: 88,382
  • Inactive/recovered: 85,505
  • Deaths: 619
  • Total active cases: 2,258
  • Total number of tests conducted: 990,803
  • Total positive/probable results: 101,064
  • Total negative results: 889,73
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 10.2%

Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs. These include:

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (6 feet of distance from others).
  • Gatherings are recommended to be kept at eight people or fewer, to the extent possible. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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