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January 24 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 2,841 new cases, 40 deaths

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Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-24 15:27:03-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 2,841 new COVID-19 cases and 40 additional deaths Sunday.

This brings the state's total case count to 708,717. Today's percent positive rate is 9.78%.

So far 8,859 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

There are currently 2,128 patients hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The state also reported 3,052 new recoveries from the past 24 hours.

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Earlier today Metro health officials reported 431 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases reported in Metro Nashville to 82,488.

As of Sunday, 77,022 cases are now considered recovered or inactive while 4,912 cases remain active.

No additional deaths were reported on Sunday. The Metro Public Health Department said 522 people have died from a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including probable and confirmed cases, 554 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:


New cases per 100,000 people: 65.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 17 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 39,044
Female: 42,693
Unknown: 751

Cases by age:

Unknown127
0-103,865
11-208,289
21-3023,190
31-4016,092
41-5010,965
51-609,232
61-706,023
71-802,976
81+1,729
Total82,488
Inactive/Recovered77,022
Deaths554
Total active cases4,912


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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.