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First COVID-19 related death reported in Nashville

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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)  -- Officials reported Friday that Tennessee has suffered its first COVID-19 related death.

Nashville Mayor John Cooper say that a 73 year-old Davidson County resident died of complications related to a coronavirus infection. Cooper notes the man suffered from underlying health complications. 

State officials reported Friday afternoon that there are now 228 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide, up 74 infections in 24 hours. 

Metro Nashville is currently reporting 110 coronavirus cases, up 50 cases in 24 hours. The city notes for the first time that 15 people previously confirmed having the virus have recovered. 

Williamson County is reporting 35 cases, up 5 infections from Thursday.

There are eleven Tennessee counties reporting cases for the first time.

Nashville Health Officials have added new restrictions in response to the coronavirus crisis. Restaurants can no longer service dine-in customers, but can offer carry out. The city is also ordering gyms closed county-wide and bars will remain closed.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Center says 448 meetings and conventions canceled, along with more than 300 thousand hotel reservations. The Center estimates of tourism economic losses to date include 155 million dollars in direct spending and more than 12 million tax dollars lost.

A lot of Tennesseans are losing jobs to the coronavirus crisis. WSMV quotes the state Department of Labor saying unemployment compensation claims have tripled. Gov. Bill Lee yesterday signed an executive order loosening compensation rules. Review the new guidelines and apply online at tn.gov/workforce.

Nashville Director of Schools Adrienne Battle says MNPS will NOT offer remote learning while schools are closed. She says the system WILL provide resources to keep children learning at home. Look for those ideas at mnps.org/digitaltools.

For the latest information about the pandemic in Tennessee, visit tn.gov/health.