January 3 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,165 new cases, 55 new deaths

Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-03 15:08:23-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,165 new COVID-19 cases and 55 additional deaths on Sunday.

This brings the state's total case count to 608,297. So far 7,025 Tennesseans have lost their lives to the virus.

The state also reported 3,877 new recoveries in the past 24 hours.

There are 3,176 patients currently hospitalized with confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

Earlier today Metro health officials reported 1,040 new cases of COVID-19. No additional deaths were reported in Davidson County.

Metro Nashville has seen a total of 71,365 cases ever reported and 63,810 of those cases are now considered recovered or inactive. As of Sunday, 7,074 cases remain active.

The Metro Public Health Department said 458 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 481 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Four of Metro's key metrics for reopening are considered unsatisfactory and two are listed as less than satisfactory. For more information on the key metrics, click here.

The following data was released on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 88.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 18.2
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 16 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 33,840
Female: 36,869
Unknown: 656

Cases by age:

Total active cases7,074

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.