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Tennessee sees first confirmed case of new coronavirus

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)  --  Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey announced the state has confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus.

In a Thursday morning news conference, Piercey said the patient is an adult male living in Williamson County who recently traveled out of the state. Piercey says he's isolated at home with mild symptoms and his household contacts are being evaluated.

Tennessee epidemiologist Mary-Margaret Fill said the patient began feeling ill shortly after returning from out-of-state travel and had very limited activity outside his home.

Piercey said the threat to the general public in Tennessee is low. She encouraged people to take common sense precautions like hand washing.

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