COVID-19, Sun., Mar. 22: Tenn. officials report 505 confirmed infections, up 134 in 24 hours
EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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 Sunday that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 134 infections overnight, a second person has died, and Gov. Bill Lee has imposed new isolation restrictions statewide.
Media outlets are quoting Vanderbilt Medical Center saying a second fatality resulting from coronavirus complications. The deceased was reportedly from a county adjacent to Davidson County. No other details are available.
There are currently 505 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee. Infections have now been reported in 45 of Tennessee's 95 counties, up eight counties in 24 hours.
Metro Nashville is currently reporting 167 cases, up 27 infections in a single day. Williamson County is showing 48 confirmed cases, up just one infection in 24 hours. Shelby County now reports 66 infections, up 26 cases overnight. The novel virus count in Sumner County doubled in 24 hours to 22 cases.
Gov. Lee issued a new Executive Order on Sunday, further limiting where Tennesseans can go and how they interact as the pandemic grows. Beginning Monday, gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited. Restaurants statewide are limited to drive-thru or take-out service. Gyms are closed. Nursing homes, retirement homes, long-term care and assisted living facilites can no longer accept visitors.
The governor concluded his ordering writing "“I urge every Tennessean to take these actions seriously - our physical and economic health depend on this as we work to beat COVID-19." The order will remain in place through at least April 6, 2020.
You can read the the official state press release about the governor's latest statewide order here.
On Sunday morning, Mayor John Cooper announced even more stringent restrictions for Nashville residents. The new measures go into effect at midnight and continue for at least 14 days. The mayor has ordered all Metro residents to "stay inside their homes unless they are engaged in certain “essential activities.”
The order prohibits citizens from going to work. It also closes nursing homes, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to visitors. Nashvillians can continue to venture out to buy groceries, fill prescriptions, make medical appointments, pick up take out food, excercise outdoors (walk, bike, jog), walk pets, or delivery necessary supplies to those in need of assistance.
Essential businesses and agencies will remain open. You can view a press statement regarding the mayor's order here, including a list of businesses and agencies deemed essential.