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Nashville COVID-19 cases rise to 17 Sunday, first hospitalization reported


EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current. State health officials are updating the COVID-19 infection numbers daily at 2 p.m. Central Time. Please look for the latest report at WMOT.org/news.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The Nashville Department of Health reported Sunday morning that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases citywide has risen to 17, up by four in the past 24 hours.

For the first time, health officials have reported a hospitalization related to the coronavirus outbreak. All other cases are said to be mild with “manageable symptoms.” The ages of those infected now range from 11 to 73.

Metro officials continue to recommend “social distancing measures” in response to the virus outbreak. Residents are being asked to reconsider attending large meetings and avoid crowds.

A growing list of Nashville organizations, businesses and institutions have reported coronavirus contacts. WTVF quotes Vanderbilt administrators saying a student who was on campus this past week has since been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

The charter school Lead Southeast Middle School is also now reporting a student has tested positive for coronavirus, according to the station.

The Brentwood Family YMCA has closed after it was learned that an employee has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

On Friday, Mayor John Cooper launched a Nashville Coronavirus Task Force. In a press statement announcing the move, Cooper said the panel’s mandate is to "facilitate more efficient sharing of information and ideas among Metro Government personnel, epidemiologists, hospital leaders, community organizers, and others involved in our coronavirus response strategy."

The mayor’s statement recommended several sources for additional information about the viral outbreak, including the Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, the Metro Public Health Department website, the Tennessee Department of Health website, and the Centers for Disease Control website.

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