January 22 COVID-19 update: Tenn. surpasses more than 700,000 COVID-19 cases

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jan 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-22 16:18:30-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,064 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 701,847.

As of Thursday's update, 646,144 cases are now considered recovered from the virus while 49,655 cases remain active, a figure that has been declining recently. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 12.25%.

As of Friday's update, 646,144 cases are now considered recovered and the rate of positive tests is 12.25%.

Metro Public Health officials reported 420 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Five additional deaths were reported.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 81,561. Right now, there are 5,257 active cases and 75,752 are now considered inactive/recovered.

Health officials said five new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 66-year-old man, an 89-year-old woman, a 49-year-old woman, a 64-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 521 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 552 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 64.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 13.6

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 913 calls on Thursday, January 21, 2020.

Total number of cases: 81,561
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 420

Cases by sex
Male: 38,569
Female: 42,254
Unknown: 738

Cases by age

Total active cases5,257


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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.