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Covid-19, Sat., Mar. 21: Tenn. officials report 371 confirmed infections, up 143 cases in 24 hours

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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)  -- State health officials reported Saturday that there are now 371 COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, up 143 infections in 24 hours.

 

Nashville is currently reporting 140 infections, an increase of 39 cases in a single day. Metro Memphis reported 40 coronavirus cases Saturday, jumping 36 confirmed infections in 24 hours. Williamson County has 47 cases, up 12 overnight. Thirty-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties are now reporting COVID-19 infections.

 

On Friday, Nashville Mayor John Cooper announced the city's first coronavirus related death. The mayor noted that the 73-year-old Nashville resident had underlying medical conditions. 

Metro Health officials say the largest number of infections are among residents 18 to 49 years of age. Only 3 children are confirmed COVID-19  cases, 11 are over 65. Nineteen individuals who contracted the illnesses have now reportedly recovered.

Health officials continue to stress the need for social distancing. They recommend frequent hand washing, avoiding people who are sick, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

For the latest information about the coronavirus pandemic in Nashville, visit coronavirus.nashville.gov.