Tenn. health officials report 52 cases of COVID-19 statwide Monday, up 13 in 24 hours
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- The state Department of Health reports that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tennessee rose to 52 on Monday, up 13 infections in 24 hours.
Nearly all the new cases continue to be concentrated in Williamson and Davidson counties. The number of infections in Williamson County increased by four to 18 overnight. The number of cases reported in Metro Nashville increased to 25, up by 8.
A case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed for the first time in Sevier County where a single infection is now being reported.
To date, single cases of the virus have been reported in Campbell, Hamilton, Jefferson, Knox, Rutherford, and Sullivan counties. Metro Memphis reports two cases. No new cases have been reported in any of these seven counties in several days.
State and local officials have taken additional steps to fight the spread of the illness. Gov. Bill Lee on Monday asked all schools statewide to close their doors by Friday, and to remain closed through at least the end of March.
Nashville Public Health officials on Sunday ordered all bars closed indefinitely citywide. Restaurants have been ordered to dramatically reduce the number of patrons they allow to dine in their establishments at any one time.
In most cases infected individuals are self-isolating at home and are said to have mild symptoms. However, Nashville reported its first COVID-19 case requiring hospitalization on Sunday.
The Centers for Disease Control reports just under 3500 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed nationwide. So far 68 individuals have died due to complications from the illness.
The CDC reports that most people who contract the virus will suffer only mild tsymptoms. A small majority, mostly senior citizens or individuals with compromised immune systems, can suffer life-threatening complications.
You can find current, reliable information about the coronavirus pandemic by dialing the Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877-857-2945. You can also browse the Metro Nashville Public Health Department website, the Tennessee Department of Health website, and the Centers for Disease Control website.