January 6 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 7,588 new cases, 114 additional deaths

Metro reports just 4% of ICU beds remain available in Middle Tenn.
Posted at 9:38 AM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 15:04:27-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 7,588 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 625,237.

Of the total cases, 548,838 people are now considered recovered from the virus and 69,018 cases remain active. Wednesday's rate of positive tests is 20.28%.

One hundred fourteen additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 7,381 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 3,332 active COVID-19 patients overnight, an all-time high.

Metro health officials reported 396 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths, a 69-year-old man, a 58-year-old woman, an 89-year-old woman and a 56-year-old man.

In Davidson County, a total of 72,330 cases have been reported, 65,488 of which are now considered recovered or inactive. Right now, 6,343 cases remain active. The seven-day average of positive tests is now at 21.6%, a figure that continues to rise at an all-time high.

The Metro Public Health Department said 475 people have died from a confirmed COVID-19 case. Including probable and confirmed cases, 499 people have died from the virus.

Just 4% of ICU beds remain available in Middle Tennessee on Wednesday. MPHD said there are 11% of hospital beds available in the region as well.

Below is data from MPHD on cases in Davidson County:

New cases per 100,000 people: 89.5
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 21.6
Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 4 percent

Cases by sex:
Male: 34,312
Female: 37,340
Unknown: 678

Cases by Race:
Asian: 2.0%
Black or African American: 18.0%
Other Race: 14.0%
Pending: 8.0%
Two or More Races: 0.4%
Unknown: 14.8%
White: 42.9%

Deaths by Race:
Asian: 13
Black or African American: 155
Other: 32
White: 294
Pending: 5

Deaths by Zip Code:
37013: 56
37211: 53
37115: 42
37207: 34
37215: 18
37216: 17
37076: 18
37221: 14
37214: 17
37218: 15
37210: 14
37209: 13
37138: 14
37072: 10

Cases by age:

Total active cases6,343

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.