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January 14 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 4,983 new cases, 84 additional deaths

Metro reports 394 new cases, 4 additional deaths
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Posted at 9:15 AM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 15:36:53-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,983 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases reported in the state to 670,482.

As of January 14, 596,883 people are now considered recovered from the virus while 65,367 cases remain active. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 17.08%.

Eighty-four additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed 8,232 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,964 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro reported 394 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths.

Health officials said four new confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, an 88-year-old man, a 55-year-old man, a 59-year-old man and a 93-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 494 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 524 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Watch Metro's weekly COVID update below:


New cases per 100,000 people: 98.7
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 17.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 14 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 761 calls on Wednesday, January 13, 2020.

Total number of cases: 77,795
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 394

Cases by sex
Male: 36,785
Female: 40,322
Unknown: 688

Cases by age

Unknown118
0-103,597
11-207,766
21-3022,021
31-4015,222
41-5010,368
51-608,638
61-705,635
71-802,802
81+1,628
Total77,795
Inactive/Recovered70,481
Deaths524
Total active cases6,790


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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.