Health department confirms 7th COVID-19 case in Tennessee

Posted at 11:13 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 23:07:21-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed the state's seventh case of COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, the health department confirmed two more cases in Middle Tennessee. The department said the patients are adult males but did not say which county they’re from.

Tuesday afternoon, health officials announced they would be releasing the patients' county as cases are confirmed.

Williamson County Schools announced Tuesday morning that they would be closed for the day after a parent, who visited a school prior to diagnosis, tested positive for the virus. Williamson County Schools did not release the name of the school.

Health officials say the overall risk to the public remains low as COVID-19 is not currently widespread in Tennessee or the United States.


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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.