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January 16 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,808 new cases, 44 additional deaths

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Jan 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-16 15:34:36-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,808 new cases and 44 additional deaths on Saturday.

This brings the state's total case count to 680,847 Today's percent positive rate is 14.8%.

So far 8,355 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

The state also reported 2,658 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 2,805 patients in the hospital with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 706 new cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County. No new deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 78,976. Right now, there are 7,330 active cases and 71,116 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

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: 97.0
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 17.1

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,196 calls on Friday, January 15, 2020.

Total number of cases: 78,976
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 706

Cases by sex
Male: 37,356
Female: 40,921
Unknown: 699

Cases by age

Unknown122
0-103,662
11-207,894
21-3022,322
31-4015,436
41-5010,518
51-608,788
61-705,730
71-802,852
81+1,652
Total78,976
Inactive/Recovered71,116
Deaths530
Total active cases7,330


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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.

Prevention

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.