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Tenn. officials report 98 confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up 25 in 24 hours

Tenn. Dept. of Health

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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)  -- Tennessee health officials said Wednesday afternoon that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 98 statewide, up 25 infections in the past 24 hours.

Nashville continues to report the largest number of cases by far. Davidson County is currently reporting 58 COVID-19 cases, up 16 infections in a single day. Also on Wednesday, Metro reported its second hospitalization as a result of complications from the illness.

Three new Tennessee counties are reporting their first cases of coronavirus. They include one case each in Cheatham and Robertson counties, along with two confirmed infections in Sumner County. 

Shelby County is reporting two new infections, the first increase there since early in the outbreak. Williamson County is reporting three new cases for a total of 24. All other counties show no new infections over the past 24 hours. 

During a press conference Wednesday morning, Nashville Director of Public Health, Dr. Michael Caldwell, was asked by reporters if he has identified any infection clusters in specific areas of the city. He noted that no such concentrations have developed to date.

During this morning’s press update, city health officials announced that they will be conducting daily briefings until further notice. The meetings will be streamed live and also archived on the Nashville city government Youtube page.

Metro has launched a new information website at covid19.nashville.gov. Officials say the site will be kept up to date with all the latest information about the city's response to the pandemic. Visitors to the site can view timely information from every corner of Metro government, from city schools to the water department.