January 29 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 4,908 additional COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths

Posted at 9:32 AM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:11:37-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,908 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, bringing the total number reported in the state to 722,491.

Forty-four additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed a total of 9,461 deaths to the virus.

Department officials said technical issues kept them from releasing a full report.

Metro Public Health officials reported 175 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing Davidson County's total number of cases to 83,943. One additional death was reported.

Right now, there are 4,279 active cases and 79,092 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there has been one new confirmed death reported in the past 24 hours -- a 90-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 539 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 572 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Due to this morning's cold temperatures, all three COVID-19 Community Assessment Centers will open at 11 a.m. instead of 10 a.m.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 51.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.6

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 8 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 810 calls on Thursday, January 28, 2020.

Total number of cases: 83,943
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 175

Cases by sex
Male: 39,738
Female: 43,459
Unknown: 746

Cases by age

Total active cases4,279


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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.