98 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Tennessee

Posted at 9:59 AM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 15:06:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-91, the novel coronavirus, has risen to 98 in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health said cases have been confirmed in the following counties:

  • Davidson County - 58
  • Williamson County - 24
  • Rutherford County - 1
  • Campbell County - 1
  • Hamilton County - 1
  • Jefferson County - 1
  • Knox County - 2
  • Sevier County - 1
  • Sullivan County - 1
  • Shelby - 2*

*The Tennessee Department of Health released its numbers of confirmed cases at 2 p.m. Shortly after, the Shelby County Health Department confirmed a third case in the county, bringing the statewide total to 98.

TDH broke down the age range of cases statewide. One patient is between 5 and 17 years old, 51 patients are between 18 and 49 years old, 14 patients are between 50 and 64 years old and six patients are at least 65 years old. THD said there is one case where the age is not known. These numbers do not reflect the latest case to be confirmed in Shelby County.

The Metro Public Health Department said the age range for all confirmed cases in Nashville is from 11-73 years old. Two cases are hospitalized and all others are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

City leaders have created the COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville to help those impacted throughout the community. The fund was set up after the Metropolitan Board of Health declared a public health emergency.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established 11 screening sites in Middle Tennessee. Click here for a list of locations.


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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.