Jan. 18 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,430 new cases, 39 additional deaths

Metro reports 637 new cases, ICU bed availability at 7%
Posted at 9:36 AM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 15:07:16-05

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,430 new cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to 687,751.

Of the total cases, 614,720 are considered recovered from the virus while 64,601 cases remain active. Monday's rate of positive tests is 15.08%.

Thirty-nine additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 8,430 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,660 active COVID-19 cases overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 637 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday. No additional COVID-related deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 80,154. Right now, there are 7,637 active cases and 71,987 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

The number of available ICU beds in Middle Tennessee has dropped to 7%, down from the day before when it was at 9%. Anything below 10% is considered unsatisfactory for Metro's metrics tracker.

As of Monday, 500 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 530 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 85.0
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.7

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 231 calls on Sunday, January 17, 2020.

Total number of cases: 80,154
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 637

Cases by sex
Male: 37,919
Female: 41,519
Unknown: 716

Cases by age

Total active cases7,637


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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.