January 12 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports second-highest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths with 146

Metro reports 380 new cases, one additional death
Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 17:38:16-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,478 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 660,478.

Of the total cases, 579,345 are now considered recovered. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 17.17%.

The state reached its second-highest daily increase in COVID-19 deaths with 146 reported deaths. TDH has attributed a total of 8,011 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 3,048 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 380 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 77,113. Right now, there are 7,667 active cases -- a decrease following three days of topping the record-high.

Health officials said one new probable death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 83-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 490 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 519 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

So far, 68,927 people have since recovered/been labeled as inactive.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 90.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 18.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 843 calls on Monday, January 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 77,113
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 380

Cases by sex
Male: 36,443
Female: 39,940
Unknown: 730

Cases by age

Total active cases7,667


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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.