January 19 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,057 new cases, 40 additional deaths

Metro reports 7 additional deaths, 261 new cases
Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 15:04:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,057 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases ever reported in the state to 689,808.

As of January 19, 624,306 people are now considered recovered from the virus while 57,032 cases remain active. Tuesday's rate of positive tests is 12.43%.

Forty additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 8,470 total deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,647 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 261 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 80,415. Right now, there are 6,591 active cases and 73,287 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been seven new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours, a 74-year-old man, an 84-year-old man and a 66-year-old man with pending medical histories, along with a 78-year-old woman, a 75-year-old woman, a 92-year-old man and a 75-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Tuesday, 507 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 537 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 79.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.3

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 88 calls on Monday, January 18, 2020.

Total number of cases: 80,415
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 261

Cases by sex
Male: 38,058
Female: 41,638
Unknown: 719

Cases by age

Total active cases6,591


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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.