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COVID-19 UPDATE (3/26/20): Nashville 2-month-old tests positive for coronavirus


EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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 Thursday afternoon that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee rose by 173 infections over the past 24 hours, for a current total of 957 cases.

State officials say there are now 203 confirmed coronavirus infections in Davidson County, 20 in Robertson County, 27 in Rutherford County, 147 in Shelby County and 43 in Sumner County.

Nashville health officials say a 2-month-old child has tested positive, the youngest case in Metro to date. The child reportedly has a mild case and is being cared for at home. Twelve individuals are currently hospitalized in Metro due to virus complications. Fifty-two city residents have recovered.

Tennesseans who have lost a job due to the pandemic can apply today for two month’s cash assistance. Anyone who has lost a job since March 11 can apply. You can also sign up if the pandemic has cost you at least 50 percent of your earned income. 

Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall announced last Thursday that he planned to release some inmates early, because of the serious impact the virus could have on inmates and prison staff. But one week later, only 25 inmates have been released. All are described as being at high risk for suffering severe complications. 

New State Park restrictions are in effect today. The parks remain open, but lodges, pavilions, picnic shelters, playgrounds, dog parks, and golf course have all been closed to enforce social distancing.

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