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COVID Update 1/14


Metro Nashville

As of 9:30 today, the city reported 77,795 confirmed cases, an increase of 394 in 24 hours. Of note, however, assessment centers were closed or had limited hours due to inclement weather for a couple of days earlier this week and have been closed on weekends due to vaccine distribution, which might impact the number of tests and reported cases. There are currently 6,790 active cases in Nashville, 70,481 inactive or recovered cases and 572 active hospitalizations. With 524 deaths, the city has a case fatality rate of 0.67%. In Davidson County, the number of tests and positivity rate is miscalculated again today (website shows less than 90,000 total tests but then 1.6 million results and a 955.8% positive rate). We'll bring you updated numbers when corrected. The seven-day positive rate is posted at 17.8%.

Out of 8 metrics on the trend lines, Nashville has 2 in the green, 2 in the yellow and 4 in the red - 14-day new case trend, ICU bed capacity, new cases per 100,000 residents and seven-day positivity. With a goal for transmission to be less than 1.00, the city's current transmission rate is in the yellow at 1.01. The 14-day case trend continues in the red with new cases categorized as increasing. Public health and testing capacity remain in the green, as they have throughout.

As of 9:30 am this morning, hospital floor bed capacity remained in the yellow with 14% availability, while ICU beds remain in the red at 6% capacity. The goal for both hospital and ICU bed capacity is 20%.

The New Cases per 100K Residents has remained in the red for the last few weeks. The goal of the seven-day rolling average is to be less than 10. Currently, Nashville sits at 98.7 as of 9:30 am this morning. The goal for the 7-Day Positivity Rate is to see a figure at 10% or less. Currently, Nashville is in the red with a rate of 17.8%.

More detailed data is available on the Metro Dashboard. Click here for details.

Nashville remains in a modified Phase 3 of COVID Reopening with new restrictions having been put in place over the last couple of weeks, including the Rule of 8 for indoor gatherings without a pre-approved event plan. The city also continues its mask mandate, with several nearby counties having reinstated similar mandates after letting them expire earlier. Governor Bill Lee extended the Tennessee State of Emergency tied to COVID-19 through February 27.

Vaccinations are in the 1a1/1a2/75+ phase, which means high exposure healthcare workers, long term care residents and staff, first responders, those ages 75 and older, outpatient healthcare workers and mortuary workers should be, or will soon be, eligible for vaccines. With attention turned toward vaccination, assessment sites are closed currently on weekends. The federal government has now suggested opening up vaccinations to those 65 and older if supply is available.

Tennessee State

As of this afternoon, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 670,482 cases of COVID-19 across the state (up 4,983 from the day before) with 596,883 cases defined as recovered or inactive. Currently, there are 2,964 hospitalizations (a net decrease of 68 over the previous day), and 8,232 deaths from the virus statewide (an increase of 84 in 24 hours) for a death rate of 1.23. The state has conducted just over 5.9 million tests (an increase of 24,216 in 24 hours) with a 17.08% positivity rate for the day. Hospital capacities stand at 13% of floor beds (1,544 beds) and 9% of ICU beds (187 beds) available statewide.

For information on vaccination distribution, visit the TDH vaccine dashboard at This dashboard is updated each Tuesday and Friday.


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