January 9 COVID-19 update: 5,844 additional cases, 86 new deaths reported in Tennessee

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 15:13:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 5,844 additional COVID-19 cases and 86 new deaths Saturday.

This brings the state's total case count to 646,450. So far 7,704 Tennesseans have died from the virus.

Today's update of new recoveries/inactive cases was 1,017.

The state also reported 3,221 confirmed COVID hospitalizations.

Earlier today Metro Public Health officials reported 657 new cases of COVID-19. This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 75,185.

Right now, there are 7,769 active cases and 66,908 are now considered to be recovered/inactive.

Five new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, a 91-year-old woman, a 79-year-old man, a 68-year-old man, an 83-year-old man and a 65-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

One new probable death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 89-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.

As of today, 480 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 508 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 88.6
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 20

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 13 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 7 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 1,659 calls on Friday, January 8, 2020.

Total number of cases: 75,185
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 657

Cases by sex
Male: 35,596
Female: 38,877
Unknown: 712

Cases by age

Total active cases7,769


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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.