January 7 COVID-19 update: 9,000 additional cases, 111 additional deaths

Metro reports 1,203 new cases, ICU bed availability at 4%
Posted at 9:03 AM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 17:32:01-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 9,000 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases ever reported to 634,237.

As of January 7, 555,634 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. Thursday's percent of positive tests is 19.87%.

TDH reported an additional 111 COVID-19 deaths. Hospitals statewide reported 3,351 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 1,203 new cases and three additional deaths on Thursday. The number of available ICU beds in Middle Tennessee has dipped to 4%.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 73,533. Right now, there are 6,767 active cases.

Health officials said three new probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 90-year-old male, an 83-year-old male, and a 79-year-old male, all with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 475 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 502 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

So far, 66,264 individuals are now labeled inactive/recovered after having the virus previously.

During Metro's weekly COVID-19 update, Dr. Alex Jahangir said the city is moving to phase 1a2 of its vaccination plan to now include persons 75 and older.

Mayor John Cooper was not at this week's press conference because he is quarantining after his wife tested positive for COVID-19.

New cases per 100,000 people: 85.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 21.5

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 4 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 470 calls on Wednesday, January 6, 2020.

Total number of cases: 73,533
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 1,203

Cases by sex
Male: 34,852
Female: 37,990
Unknown: 691

Cases by age

Total active cases6,767


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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.