January 20 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,483 new cases, 86 additional deaths

Metro reports 9 additional deaths, 248 new cases
Posted at 9:36 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 15:53:34-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,483 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 694,291.

Of the total cases, 633,428 are now considered recovered while 52,307 cases remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 13.92%.

Eighty-six additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed a total of 8,556 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,653 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro health officials reported 248 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional deaths.

This brings the total number of cases reported in Davidson County to 80,663, and 74,231 cases are now considered recovered or inactive. As of Wednesday, there are 5,886 active cases in Metro Nashville.

The Metro Public Health Department said 515 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 546 people have died from the virus. MPHD said the nine additional deaths reported were a 77-year-old man, a 73-year-old woman, a 59-year-old man, a 74-year-old woman, a 78-year-old man, a 35-year-old woman, a 72-year-old man, a 55-year-old man and a 66-year-old man.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 74.9
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 14.0
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

Cases by Race:
Asian: 2.0%
Black or African American: 17.9%
Other Race: 13.5%
Pending: 7.9%
Two or More Races: 0.3%
Unknown: 15.2%
White: 43.0%

Deaths by Race:
Asian: 14
Black or African American: 164
Other: 34
White: 327
Pending: 7

Deaths by ZIP Code:
37013: 56
37211: 54
37115: 45
37207: 34
37215: 18
37216: 18
37076: 20
37221: 17
37214: 17
37218: 16
37210: 14
37209: 15
37138: 16
37072: 12
37206: 10
37205: 12
37217: 11

Cases by sex:
Male: 38,161
Female: 41,773
Unknown: 729

Cases by age:

Total active cases5,886

Total number of tests conductedTotal positive/probable resultsTotal negative resultsPositive results as percentage of total


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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.