January 28 COVID-19 update: Tennessee reports 1,777 new cases, 101 additional deaths

Metro reports 541 new cases, 5 additional deaths
Posted at 9:17 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 16:38:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,777 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number reported in the state to 717,583.

As of Thursday, 672,110 cases are now considered recovered while 36,066 cases remain active. Thursday's rate of positive tests is 12.81%.

One hundred and one additional Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. TDH has attributed a total of 9,417 deaths to the virus.

Hospitals statewide reported 1,857 current COVID-19 patients. The active hospitalizations have decreased over the month of January and fell below 2,000 this week for the first time since mid-November.

Metro Public Health officials reported 541 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths.

This brings Davidson County's total number of cases to 83,768. Right now, there are 4,774 active cases and 78,423 are now considered to be inactive/recovered.

Health officials said there have been five new confirmed deaths reported in the past 24 hours -- a 61-year-old woman with a pending medical history, along with a 64-year-old man, a 96-year-old woman, a 66-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man, all with underlying health conditions.

As of Thursday, 538 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 571 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.

Due to the cold temperatures, only one of Nashville's three COVID assessment centers will be open today. The Nissan Stadium Lot “N” COVID-19 Community Assessment Center will operate from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Metro also released the following data:

New cases per 100,000 people: 58.2
Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 11.2

Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 11 percent
Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 9 percent

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 722 calls on Thursday, January 27, 2020.

Total number of cases: 83,768
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 541

Cases by sex
Male: 39,654
Female: 43,358
Unknown: 756

Cases by age

Total active cases4,774


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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.