January 21 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 3,492 new cases, 128 additional deaths

Metro reports 478 new cases, one additional death
Posted at 9:19 AM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 15:37:44-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 3,492 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the state's total to 697,783.

As of Thursday's update, 639,444 cases are now considered recovered from the virus while 49,655 cases remain active, a figure that has been declining recently. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 13.17%.

One hundred twenty-eight additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH said a total of 8,684 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 2,513 active COVID-19 patients overnight.

Metro Public Health officials reported 478 new cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 81,141. Right now, there are 5,541 cases and 75,053 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said one new confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 90-year-old woman with a pending medical history.

As of Thursday, 516 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 547 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Metro also reported the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 72.1
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 13.8

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 6 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 744 calls on Wednesday, January 20, 2020.

Total number of cases: 81,141
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 478

Cases by sex
Male: 38,386
Female: 42,020
Unknown: 735

Cases by age

Total active cases5,541


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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.