January 15 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 5,557 new cases, 79 additional deaths

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 15:19:38-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,557 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 676,039.

Of the total cases, 602,938 people are now considered recovered.

Seventy-nine additional Tennesseans have died from the virus. TDH has attributed 8,311 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,857 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 475 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said six additional deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 78,270. Right now, there are 6,794 active cases and 70,946 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been six new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 77-year-old woman with a pending medical history, along with 63-year-old man, a 79-year-old man, a 51-year-old man, an 86-year-old woman and a 57-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 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: 100.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 17.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,072 calls on Thursday, January 14, 2020.

Total number of cases: 78,270
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 475

Cases by sex
Male: 37,015
Female: 40,565
Unknown: 690

Cases by age

Total active cases6,794


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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.