January 4 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,953 new cases, 143 additional deaths

Metro reports 226 new cases, 1 additional death
Posted at 9:37 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 15:07:45-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,953 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 612,250.

As of January 4, 530,494 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus and 74,588 cases remain active. Monday's rate of positive tests is 21.57%.

One hundred forty-three additional people have died from COVID-19 as of Monday, the second-highest increase in a single day. TDH has attributed 7,168 deaths to COVID-19.

Hospitals statewide reported 3,213 current COVID-19 patients overnight.

In Davidson County, Metro Public Health officials reported 226 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 71,591. Right now, there are 6,928 active cases and 64,181 are now considered inactive/recovered.

The seven-day positivity rate is 20.5%, which surpasses the previous high of 18.5% that was set back in July.

Health officials also said one new confirmed death was reported in the past 24 hours, a 68-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Monday, 459 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 482 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 90.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 20.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 12 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 70 calls on Sunday, January 3, 2021.

Total number of cases: 71,591
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 226

Cases by sex
Male: 33,954
Female: 36,977
Unknown: 660

Cases by age

Total active cases6,928


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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.