4 more TSA officers at Nashville International Airport test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-15 12:02:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Four more TSA officers at Nashville International Airport have tested positive for COVID-19, marking nine officers in total at the airport. One of the officers has recovered from the virus.

The Transportation Security Administration has been keeping track of every officer who has tested positive at airports around the country.

In Nashville, all officers who tested positive worked as screeners who work in the checkpoint and baggage area. The most recent screener to have a confirmed case of the virus last worked on April 3.

TSA said nationwide, 403 of its employees, including screeners and nonscreeners, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Overall, 45 have recovered but three officers have died from the virus.


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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.