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January 8 COVID-19 update: Tenn. reports 6,369 new cases, 126 new deaths

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:34:06-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 6,369 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases ever reported to 640,606.

As of January 7, 559,625 Tennesseans are now considered recovered from the virus. Thursday's percent of positive tests is 17.44%.

TDH reported an additional 126 COVID-19 deaths. Hospitals statewide reported 3,249 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 995 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The number of available ICU beds in Middle Tennessee remains at 4%.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 74,528. Right now, there are 7,309 active cases and 66,717 are now considered to be recovered/inactive.

No additional confirmed or probable deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

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.


Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 89.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 21.4

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

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,096 calls on Thursday, January 7, 2020.

Total number of cases: 74,528
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 995

Cases by sex
Male: 35,295
Female: 38,533
Unknown: 700

Cases by age

Unknown118
0-103,443
11-207,489
21-3021,162
31-4014,627
41-509,903
51-608,234
61-705,351
71-802,649
81+1,552
Total74,528
Inactive/Recovered66,717
Deaths502
Total active cases7,309


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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.

Prevention

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.