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COVID UPDATE (3/29/20): State officials confirm 1,537 cases, artist Joe Diffie dies


EDITOR'S NOTE: This report is no longer current.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 afternoon that the number of confirmed  COVID-19 infections in Tennessee currently stands at 1,537 cases, and mid-state media outlets report country artist Joe Diffie has died of coronavirus complications.

Nashville health officials reported a total of 394 cases Sunday morning, up 64 infections in 24 hours. Shelby County has the state's second highest number of cases at 364 infections. Williamson County has 101 cases, Sumner County 93, and Rutherford County 48 infections. 

A Gallatin nursing home has moved 24 patients to Sumner County Regional Medical Center after some tested positive for COVID-19. The hospital says one of those patients has died. 

In a post on its official Facebook page on Saturday, the hospital wrote that the other 23 patients have been admitted and are in isolation. The hospital did not say whether the patient who died had tested positive for COVID-19 or was one of those still awaiting test results.

The Tennessean says singer/songwriter Joe Diffe revealed on Friday that he had contracted the virus. The 61-year-old country artist’s management company announced in a press statement that he died Sunday.