Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tennessee rises to 413

Posted at 2:08 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 11:49:13-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The number of COVID-19 cases in Tennessee has risen to 413.

The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed the new numbers on Saturday. The state’s first death was reported Friday after a 73-year-old Nashville man with underlying health conditions died due to complications with COVID-19.

Sunday morning, the Metro Health Department confirmed 46 additional cases in Davidson County, bringing the county's total to 179.

NewsChannel 5's numbers include not only the Tennessee Department of Heath's numbers, but additional numbers confirmed by individual counties:

Anderson: 1
Blount: 1
Bradley: 1
Campbell: 2
Carroll: 1
Cheatham: 2
Cocke: 1
Cumberland: 2
Davidson: 179
Dickson: 3
Dyer: 2
Greene: 1
Fayette: 1
Greene: 1
Hamblen: 2
Hamilton: 7
Hardin County: 1
Jefferson: 1
Knox: 4
Maury: 1
Monroe: 3
Montgomery: 3
Putnam - 5
Roane: 1
Robertson: 2
Rutherford: 5
Scott: 2
Sevier: 2
Shelby: 42
Sullivan: 1
Sumner: 11
Tipton: 2
Washington: 2
Williamson: 47
Wilson: 3
Out of Tennessee residents: 59
Unknown: 10

To help slow the spread of the virus, all Davidson County restaurants remain closed to dine-in customers. Only take-out orders, drive-thru service, curbside pickup and delivery services are allowed. The cities of Franklin and Brentwood have also declared states of emergency in response to the outbreak.

On Friday, Governor Bill Lee announced that small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic loss as a result of the pandemic can apply for loans for up to $2 million per applicant through the SBA. Applicants can apply online at For more information, applicants can call the SBA customer service center at 800-659-2955 or email

The state has established a website for Tennesseans to find a remote assessment site if they are showing symptoms of the virus. To find a testing site near you, click here.


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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.