January 5 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 5,399 new cases, 99 additional deaths

Metro reports 345 new cases, 13 deaths in 24 hours
Posted at 9:35 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 15:11:25-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,399 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The department said 99 additional deaths were also reported.

This brings the state's total number of cases to 617,649. The statewide death toll has risen to 7,267. Currently, there are 71,175 active cases across the state.

The number of current COVID-related hospitalizations has risen to 3,246. Today's positivity rate is 20.85%.

Earlier in the day, Metro health officials reported 345 new cases and 13 additional deaths, the second-highest daily increase for Metro Nashville.

In Davidson County, a total of 71,936 cases have been reported so far, 64,757 of which are now inactive or recovered. Right now, there are 6,684 cases still active in Metro Nashville. Metro officials reported a 21.5% average of positive tests for the last seven days, which breaks the record set on Monday.

The Metro Public Health Department said 472 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 495 people have died from the virus. MPHD said Tuesday's increase in deaths were a 74-year-old woman, a 72-year-old man, an 83-year-old woman, an 84-year-old woman, an 89-year-old woman, a 73-year-old woman, an 81-year-old man, a 76-year-old man, a 67-year-old woman, a 76-year-old man, a 58-year-old man, a 62-year-old man and a 90-year-old woman.

As of Tuesday, Middle Tennessee's ICU bed availability has dipped to 7% and available hospitals beds to 12%.

Four of Metro's key metrics for reopening are listed as unsatisfactory and two are listed as less than satisfactory. Click here to learn more about the key metrics.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 93.3
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 21.5
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 12 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 34,122
Female: 37,149
Unknown: 665

Cases by age:

Total active cases6,684

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.