UPDATED: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rise to 13,624

There are now over 13,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, according to state health officials. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
There are now over 13,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, according to state health officials. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

There are now over 13,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, according to state health officials. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Updated 2:05 p.m. May 5

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases statewide has risen to 13,624, and increase of 122 new cases since yesterday, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. This number includes 226 confirmed deaths, 1,156 cumulative hospitalizations and 6,365 recovered cases. More that 218,000 tests have been conducted statewide.

Updated May 4 2:25 p.m.

There are now 13,502 reported cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, according to the latest update from the state department of health. Today's case number is an increase of almost 400 since yesterday's update and includes over 6,000 recoveries, 219 deaths and 1,143 hospitalizations. So far, 211,443 COVID-19 tests have been administered in the state. Updated May 3 4:00 p.m.

The number of cases of coronavirus statewide has risen to 13,177, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health. That total includes 210 confirmed deaths, 1,135 cumulative hospitalizations and 5,814 recovered cases. To date, more that 204,000 tests have been conducted statewide, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:00 p.m. May 1


The state of Tennessee saw an increase of more than 1,100 cases reported since yesterday as number release May total 11,891. This is the largest day-over-day increase since the coronavirus pandemic was first announced in the state, according to date from the Tennessee Department of Health. The total includes 204 deaths, 1,113 cumulative hospitalizations and 5,546 recovered patients. The large spike can be traced mainly to Trousdale County, which saw nearly 900 new cases reported since yesterday.

Updated 4:15 p.m. April 30

The Tennessee Department of Health announced there are now 10,735 confirmed cases of coronavirus statewide. This total, an increase of 369 new cases since yesterday, includes 199 deaths, 1,045 cumulative hospitalization and 5,338 recovered patients. More than 177,000 tests have been conducted statewide, according to the TDH.

Updated 3:05 p.m. April 29

The cases of coronavirus in the state of Tennessee have risen to 10,366, an increase of 314 new cases since yesterday's update, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. So far, 5,140 people have recovered from the virus, while 195 have died and 1,013 are hospitalized. Overall, 168,549 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the state. There have been 2,454 cases identified in Davidson County and 408 cases identified in Williamson County, according to the update.

Updated 2:20 p.m. April 28

The Tennessee Department of Health announced the state now has 10,052 cases statewide, an increase of 134 new cases since yesterday. This total includes 188 confirmed deaths, 894 cumulative hospitalizations and 4,921 recovered cases. According to the TDH, more than 161,000 tests have been conducted statewide. While numbers continue to climb in Davidson County, Williamson County saw no new cases reported since yesterday.

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 27

The number of cases of coronavirus statewide is now up to 9,918, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. This marks an increase of 251 new cases since yesterday, breaking a multi-day streak during which the state had increases of more than 400 new cases daily. Today's total number of cases includes 184 deaths, 837 cumulative hospitalizations and 4,720 recovered cases. According to TDH data, the number of active cases now outnumbers the total recovered cases, a shift from previous data.

Updated 3:30 p.m. April 26

Cases of coronavirus across the state have risen to 9,667, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This marks an increase of 478 new cases since yesterday and includes 181 deaths, 828 cumulative hospitalizations and 4,527 recovered cases. More than 147,000 tests have been conducted statewide, according to the TDH. Over the past week, the state has seen increases of more than 400 new cases per day.

Updated 2:50 p.m. April 24

The total number of coronavirus cases identified in the state of Tennessee has risen to 8,726, an increase of over 400 new cases since yesterday, according to the latest update from the state department of health. Over 131,298 COVID-19 tests have been conducted so far, and 4,730 of those who tested positive for the virus have now recovered, according to the TDH's update. Davidson County has the highest number of confirmed cases at 2,011, while Williamson County has only identified 377 cases.

Updated 2:10 p.m. April 23

Coronavirus cases statewide have seen another sharp increase since yesterday, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Today's confirmed case total is 8,266, an increase of 424 new cases since yesterday. This marks the second day in which the state had an increase of more than 400 new cases per day, according to TDH data. The confirmed cases include 170 deaths, 793 cumulative hospitalizations and 4,193 recovered cases.

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 22

The Tennessee Department of Health announced April 22 the state now has 7,842 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is an increase of 448 new cases since yesterday. TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey has previously said increases in testing often correlate with a higher number of confirmed cases. Over the past weekend, the department reported 11,000 tests were conducted, and another 6,700 tests have been conducted since yesterday, according to TDH data. The case total includes 775 hospitalizations, 166 deaths and 4,012 recoveries.

Updated 2:10 p.m. April 21

The number of coronavirus cases statewide is now 7,394, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. This is an increase of 156 new cases since yesterday. This number includes 3,828 recoveries and 157 deaths, according to the TDH. To date, more than half of all cases have recovered.

Updated 2:52 p.m. April 20

There are now 7,238 cases of coronavirus reported in the state of Tennessee, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. Today's case count marks an increase of over 150 confirmed cases since yesterday, with 152 deaths, 3,575 recoveries and 730 total hospitalizations, according to the health department.

Updated 4:00 p.m. April 19

The number of cases of coronavirus statewide is now at least 7,070, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. That number includes 3,344 recovered cases, 148 deaths and 724 cumulative hospitalizations. More than 97,000 tests have been conducted, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:10 p.m. April 17: 6,589 confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee

There are now 6,589 coronavirus cases that have been identified across the state of Tennessee, with over 1,400 in Davidson County and 336 in Williamson County, according to an update from the Tennessee Department of Health. So far, over 3,000 people who tested positive for the virus in the state, or 46%, have recovered, while there have been 142 reported deaths. Updated 2:15 p.m. April 16

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 6,262, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. That is an increase of 183 new cases since yesterday and includes 141 confirmed deaths and 691 hospitalizations.

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 15: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee now over 6,000

There are now 6,079 cases of coronavirus across the state, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This includes 135 deaths, 663 cumulative hospitalizations and 2,196 recovered patients. More than 80,800 tests have been conducted to date, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:45 p.m. April 14: 5,823 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee

The number of cases of coronavirus statewide has risen to 5,823, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. This includes 124 confirmed deaths and 633 cumulative hospitalizations. More than 78,800 tests have been conducted statewide, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 13: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee rise to 5,610

Cases of coronavirus across the state have risen to 5,610, up 302 cases from yesterday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The state has seen 109 confirmed deaths and 1,671 recoveries. More than 76,000 tests have been conducted, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:20 p.m. April 12: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee now over 5,300

The Tennessee Department of Health announced April 12 the number of cases of coronavirus across the state has risen to 5,308. That is an increase of 194 new cases since yesterday. More than 70,000 tests have been conducted to date, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:10 p.m. April 11: Confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee now over 5,000

There are now 5,114 cases of coronavirus across the state, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. This includes 101 deaths, 556 cumulative hospitalizations and 1,386 recovered patients. More than 66,000 tests have been conducted to date, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:15 April 10: 4,862 confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 4,862, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. This is 228 more cases than yesterday and includes 98 confirmed deaths, 536 hospitalizations and 1,145 recovered patients.

Updated 2:15 April 9: Coronavirus cases confirmed in Tennessee rise to 4,634

Statewide cases of coronavirus have increased to 4,634, according to the state department of health. The increase is 274 cases more than yesterday, and 59,849 tests have been conducted throughout Tennessee.

So far, there have been 505 hospitalizations, 921 recoveries and 94 deaths. The age group with the highest number of cases are those ages 21-30, totaling 991 of the cases reported, though only one death has been reported from that age group while 30 deaths have been reported for those infected and aged 81 years or older. Updated 2:06 April 8

Cases of coronavirus statewide now total 4,362, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. That marks an increase of 224 new cases since yesterday, as well as an additional 3,744 tests conducted. To date, there have been 449 hospitalizations, 592 recoveries and 79 deaths, according to the TDH. About 7.7% of patients tested for the virus are positive. Read more about where to get testing in Metro Nashville here.

Updated 2:10 April 7: 4,138 coronavirus cases confirmed in Tennessee

The number of cases of coronavirus across the state has risen to 4,138 according to the Tennessee Department of Health. That is 336 more cases that yesterday, which saw a lower number of new cases than in recent days. Yesterday TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said the country is expected to see a large number of hospitalizations this week as it has been approximately two weeks since the state saw case numbers beginning to spike. The state has had 408 total hospitalizations, 72 deaths and 466 recovered patients. More than 52,000 tests have been completed statewide.

Updated 2:05 p.m. April 6

Cases of coronavirus in the state now total 3,802, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. That number is 169 more cases than yesterday and includes 65 deaths and 356 recovered patients, according to the TDH. Davidson County continues to have the highest number of cases statewide, with more than 800 TDH-reported cases, however that number could be higher as Metro Nashville officials report more than 1,000 cases have been confirmed in the city. Williamson County has 260 cases.

Updated 2 p.m. April 5: Tennessee Department of Health announces 3,633 confirmed cases of coronavirus statewide

The Tennessee Department of Health announced April 5 the number of cases across the state has risen to 3,633. This includes 295 people who have recovered and 44 deaths. More than 45,000 tests have been conducted statewide, according to the TDH. TDH officials also announced there was an error in yesterday's reporting, which led to a higher number of recovered patients.

Updated 3:15 p.m. April 4: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee now over 3,300

Cases of coronavirus across the state have risen to 3,321, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Of that number, 416 people have recovered and 43 have died, according to the TDH.

Updated 2 p.m. April 3: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee now over 3,000

There are at least 3,067 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health. This includes 248 recovered patients and 37 deaths, both of which are up from yesterday. Davidson County continues to have the highest numbers in the state with at least 685 confirmed cases. More than 37,000 tests have been performed statewide.

Updated 2 p.m. April 2: Cases of coronavirus rise to more than 2,800 statewide

Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 2,845, more than 160 new cases since yesterday afternoon, according to the latest totals from the Tennessee Department of Health. The state has seen a rise in the number of reported deaths from yesterday, up 8 for a total of 38 deaths. However, the number of recovered patients has also risen, up 83 for a total of 220. Davidson County has the highest number of cases with between 600-800 cases, according to data from both the TDH and Metro Nashville. Williamson County has 199, 51 new cases since yesterday.

Updated 2:10 p.m. April 1: Cases of coronavirus statewide now over 2,600; new cases rise significantly over past three days

The state of Tennessee now has at least 2,683 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to an April 1 update from the Tennessee Department of Health. That marks an increase of 444 new cases since yesterday, the highest increase to date. The day-over-day increases in new cases have been at their highest in the past three days, according to daily data from the TDH. To date, there have been 200 hospitalizations, 137 recoveries and 24 deaths. More than 32,000 cases have been conducted across the state, both from state and private labs.

Updated 2:05 p.m. March 31: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rises to more than 2,200

Cases of coronavirus across the state have risen to at least 2,239, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

This is an increase of 405 cases from yesterday, the largest daily increase yet, according to past data from the TDH.

More than 27,000 tests have been conducted statewide, and Tennessee has seen 23 deaths and 175 hospitalizations since the beginning of the outbreak, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:10 March 30: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rises to 1,834, nearly 300 more cases since yesterday

Tennessee now has at least 1,834 total cases of coronavirus, according to the latest data from the Tennessee Department of Health. That number is increase of nearly 300 new cases since yesterday. This morning, officials with Metro Nashville announced that Davidson County now has 443 confirmed cases, including three deaths and 80 recovered cases. According to the TDH, Williamson County has 111 cases, up 10 since yesterday. More than 23,000 tests have been performed, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:20 March 29: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee now at 1,537

Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee has risen to at least 1,537, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. More than 20,000 tests have been conducted across the state, and adults ages 21-30 make up the largest age range with confirmed cases at 390. According to officials with Metro Nashville, Davidson County has 394 confirmed cases, with 80 of those individuals having recovered. Williamson County now has 101 cases, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:15 p.m. March 28: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee now over 1,300

The number of cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has risen to 1,373, according to totals released March 28 by the Tennessee Department of Health. TDH totals show cases in Shelby County have surpassed the number in Davidson County with 269 cases.

According to the TDH, Davidson County has at least 243 cases, however that number varies from Metro Nashville's daily total of 376 total cases.

TDH officials have said there are multiple reasons for the differences in totals, such as if the total is reported by the county where the person was tested or by where they live, or it can vary based on how quickly confirmed cases are reported to the state.

Updated 2:05 p.m. March 27: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rise to at least 1,200

Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 1,203, according to the latest numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health. Davidson County has more than 200, and Williamson County has 91.

As has been the case over the last few days, case estimates from Metro Nashville have been much higher than those released by the state. According to a press conference this morning with Metro Nashville Mayor John Copper, Davidson County has 312 cases confirmed. Of those cases, 55 have recovered and two have died.

More than 16,000 tests for the virus have been conducted across the state, using a combination of stat and privately-owned labs, according to the TDH.

Updated 2:08 p.m. March 26: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee now over 900

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health announced March 26 the number of cases of coronavirus in the state has risen to 957, up from 784 yesterday, an increase of 173 cases. More than 200 cases are in Davidson County and 70 cases are in Williamson County, however TDH Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercy said in a March 25 press conference that the TDH is experiencing some lag times in reporting in some areas of the state, which can lead to differences in reporting. This morning, Mayor John Cooper's office announced Nashville has closer to 300 cases.

Updated 2:10 p.m. March 25: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rises to 784

The number of coronavirus cases across the state has risen to at least 784, which is 117 more cases than yesterday, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. Davidson County still has the highest number of cases at 188, up five from yesterday. While this may seem like a slow down in the number of new cases, Dr. Alex Jahangir, chair of the Metropolitan Board of Health and Metro Coronavirus Task Force, said in a press conference this morning he does not believe this means cases are slowing down.

Updated 2:05 p.m. March 24: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rises to 667

Cases of coronavirus are up to 667 statewide as of March 24, up 52 cases from yesterday, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. In Davidson County, at least 183 cases have been confirmed, according to TDH data. However, according to an announcement this morning from Metro Nashville, that number could be as high as 253. Because some facilities report cases based on where the sample was collected versus the person's county of residence, numbers can vary as it takes time to reconcile total cases, according to Bill Christian, associate director for the TDH office of communications and media relations. Williamson County has the third-highest number of cases in the state at 64 confirmed cases, which is 11 more than yesterday.

Updated 3:05 p.m. March 23: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee up to 615

The number of cases of coronavirus is now 615, according to a March 23 update from the Tennessee Department of Health. This is 110 new cases since yesterday, March 22. According to an announcement from the TDH, new tracking processes have been recently implemented, which has led to lower figures in some counties. In Davidson County, cases total 164 according to the TDH, however officials with Metro Nashville announced earlier today that the county has 184 confirmed cases, including 27 that have recovered from the virus. Williamson County has 53 cases, five more since yesterday.

Updated 2:05 p.m. March 22: Cases of coronavirus across the state rises to 505

Cases of coronavirus in the state have risen to 505, according to the latest update from the Tennessee Department of Health. This is 134 new cases since yesterday afternoon, according to the TDH. Nashville still has the most cases at 167, however Shelby County has surpassed Williamson County to have the second-highest number of cases at 66. Williamson County has 48 cases, which is only one more than yesterday. At least 40 other counties in the state have confirmed cases.

Updated 2:01 p.m. March 21: 371 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, more than 140 new cases since yesterday

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health announced March 21 the number of cases of coronavirus in the state has risen to 371, up by 143 cases since yesterday. The highest number of cases is still in Nashville, with 140 cases. Williamson County has the second highest number of cases at 47 and Shelby County has 40 cases.

The TDH announced March 21 it has added a second call center line for residents who have questions about the virus. The line can be reached at 833-556-2476.

Updated 2:01 p.m. March 20: 228 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, more than 100 cases found in Nashville

At least 228 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Tennessee, according to the latest announcement from the Tennessee Department of Health. Just over 100 of those cases are in Davidson County, with Williamson County having the second-highest number at 35 cases. Cases have been confirmed in 26 counties across the state.

Updated 2:10 p.m. March 19: Over 150 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee

The total number of COVID-19 cases have risen to 154 in Tennessee, with 75 reported in Davidson County, 30 in Williamson County and the rest spread across numerous other counties in the state. The total number of cases increased by 56 from yesterday's report by the Tennessee Department of Health. For a look at the timeline of events in Tennessee as it relates to the novel coronavirus, view our additional coverage here.

Updated 2:04 p.m. March 18: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee rises to 98, with more than half in Nashville

Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee have risen to 98 statewide, with more than half of all cases confirmed in Nashville, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. There are 58 confirmed cases in Davidson County and 24 cases in Williamson County. The total number of cases has risen from 39 cases on Sunday. A small number of cases have now been confirmed in 13 counties across the state, including four in Shelby County and two each in Knox and Sumner counties.

Updated 2:03 p.m. March 17: UPDATED: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee at 73, cases in Davidson County rise by more than 60% overnight

The number of cases of coronavirus in Tennessee has risen to 73 confirmed cases, according to officials with the Tennessee Department of Health. There are now 42 cases in Davidson County, up from 25 yesterday. Williamson County has the second highest number of cases at 21.

The age range with the highest number of cases is those from ages 18-49, according to the TDH.

Many restaurants and businesses have closed or switched to delivery or pick up models as a way to increase social distancing and reduce the spread of the virus. Schools in the area are closed through at least the end of the month as local officials are calling for individuals to avoid groups of 50 people or more, or in some cases, groups of 10 or more.

Updated 2:10 p.m. March 16: UPDATED: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee climbs to 52, with more than 80% of cases in Davidson and Williamson counties

Officials with the Tennessee Department of Health announced March 16 the number of cases of coronavirus statewide has climbed to 52. More than 80% of these cases at in Davidson and and Williamson counties, which have 25 and 18 confirmed cases, respectively.

Gov. Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency and announced March 16 he is asking schools statewide to close until the end of the month. Officials in both counties are encouraging social distancing and are urging the community to cancel any events with more than 50 people in attendance, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

Updated 2 p.m. March 15: UPDATED: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee up to 39, majority of cases in Davidson and Williamson counties

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Tennessee have climbed to 39 statewide, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

The total number of cases includes 17 in Davidson County and 14 in Williamson County as well as a small number of cases in seven additional counties across the state, according to TDH.

Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper is encouraging social distancing as a measure to limit the spread of the virus.

“As my administration works with state and federal officials and community partners to respond to the coronavirus in Nashville and Davidson County, I encourage everyone to take necessary precautions to prevent person-to-person spread," Cooper said in a statement. "This includes postponing large public and private gatherings, encouraging teleconferencing and remote working, and taking all necessary precautions to protect employees, congregants, students, and all Nashvillians–especially our medically fragile residents."

Schools in the area will be closed this week for spring break, and multiple venues across the area, such as the Country Music Hall of Fame, Bridgestone Arena and more, are closed through at least the end of the month.

Updated 2:20 p.m. March 13: UPDATED: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee climbs to 26

The number of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, has increased to 26 cases statewide, according to a March 13 update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

According to the TDH, there are now 10 cases in Davidson County and nine cases in Williamson County. In addition to two cases in Shelby County, one case in Knox County and one case in Sullivan County—all of which had been previously reported by state health officials—the TDH now reports one case each in Hamilton, Jefferson and Rutherford counties.

On March 12, Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency in Tennessee due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases. Lee said he signed the executive order as a way to request funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to combat the spread of the virus.

The Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory has completed 129 tests for the virus, up from 88 on March 12, with 13 confirmed positive. The other 13 positive cases have been reported from commercial and private laboratories in the state.

The cases confirmed by the TDH include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases. The department releases the updated numbers of statewide cases daily at 2 p.m.

For more information about the virus, visit www.tn.gov/health or contact the TDH’s public information line at 877-857-2945 open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Updated 2:30 p.m. March 12: Coronavirus cases in Tennessee double, bringing total to 18

Recorded cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19, doubled overnight from nine to 18, according to a March 12 2 p.m. update from the Tennessee Department of Health.

According to the TDH, there are now eight cases in Williamson County, six cases in Davidson County, one case in Knox County, one case in Sullivan County and two cases in Shelby County.

The update comes just hours after Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency in Tennessee due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.

“We have watched over the past week how Tennesseans have come together to address the tragedy amongst our neighbors as a result of the tornadoes,” Lee said. “Now, it’s time, once again, to come together around a different challenge: COVID-19 in Tennessee.”

So far, the Tennessee State Public Health Laboratory has completed 88 tests for the virus, with nine coming back positive. The other nine positive cases have been reported from commercial and private laboratories in the state.


For updated information on the virus, visit tn.gov/health.

Updated 3 p.m. March 11: State health officials confirm two additional coronavirus cases in Davidson, Williamson counties

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed two additional cases of coronavirus in the state, one in Davidson County and another in Williamson County, bringing the statewide total to nine as of 2 p.m. on March 11.

Overall, there are two cases in Davidson County and five cases in Williamson County, according to the TDH. The other two cases are in Shelby County and Sullivan County.

The second case in Davidson County is an adult male, who is experiencing mild symptoms and remains isolated at home, according to the Metro Public Health Department. In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon, the department said it will be reaching out to the patient’s close contacts.

“Receiving confirmation of an additional case was expected and we are prepared to quickly investigate and provide guidance to those determined to be close contacts to prevent potential spread to others,” said Dr. Michael Caldwell, director of health for Nashville and Davidson County. “Our guidance to the community remains the same; everyone should continue to take steps to protect themselves and others by following routine health precautions.”

On March 10, the TDH announced it had updated its protocol for reporting cases of coronavirus to include each patient’s county of residence. The cases confirmed by the TDH include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases.

“TDH will release counties of residence for all confirmed cases, but will not include further identifying factors like age or gender as we balance transparency with our obligation to lawfully protect patient privacy,“ Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said in a news release. “While the department’s standard protocol for outbreaks is to announce information by region, we understand COVID-19 is an evolving situation presenting unique concerns for our communities.“

The TDH has performed 68 tests in State Public Health Laboratory, with 61 negative results, according to data released on Wednesday. Two positive results were tested at commercial or private labs.

For more information about the virus, the TDH has launched a public information line at 877-857-2945 open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Updated March 10, 2:15 p.m.: Cases of coronavirus in Tennessee climbs to 7 statewide

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed a seventh case of coronavirus in the state as of 2 p.m. on March 10. Additional details about the case have not yet been announced. According to previous announcements from the TDH, the majority of the cases confirmed to date have been in Middle Tennessee.

Updated March 10, 11:25 a.m.: Two new cases of Coronavirus identified in the Middle Tennessee area, bringing state total to 6

The Tennessee Department of Health announced March 10 there are now two additional cases of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the Middle Tennessee area, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to six. The patients are both adult males, according to a news release.

The two new confirmed cases follow four other cases announced by the TDH, including one case in Williamson County, one case in Davidson County, one case in Shelby County and one other case identified only as being in the Middle Tennessee region.

"TDH is working closely with local health officials to support the ongoing investigations of COVID-19 cases," the department said in the release. "The overall risk to the public remains low as COVID-19 is not currently widespread in Tennessee or the United States."

As of March 8, the TDH’s State Public Health Laboratory has been authorized to run testing for coronavirus seven days a week.

According to state health officials, the virus is a respiratory disease presenting with fever, cough and shortness of breath.

For more information about the virus, the TDH has launched a public information line at 877-857-2945 open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Updated, 8:15 p.m.: Vanderbilt University cancels classes for remainder of week, suspends in-person classes through end of March

Following a fourth confirmed case of coronavirus in the state, officials with Vanderbilt University announced March 9 the university will cancel classes until March 16, after which it will move from in-person classes to online and other alternative learning options.

"To be clear, the university will remain open, and we will be actively reviewing the situation to determine if and when in-person classes may resume," Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan Wente said in a letter to students. "We may extend the alternative learning approach through the end of the Spring semester—April 30—if necessary. We will keep in touch with you every step of the way."

The announcement comes after several students reported coming in contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. University officials said the individual has not returned to campus.

According to university requirements sent out March 8, students who have had direct contact with someone who is infected with COVID-19, or who have traveled to China, South Korea, Iran or Italy, are not permitted to return to campus until they have completed a 14-day self-isolation period and been cleared to return.

Students will hear from individual deans and instructors on how to proceed with classes, according to Wente.

"We take great pride in our residential living-learning model, which provides invaluable connections, camaraderie and support," Wente said. "Although this is one of Vanderbilt’s great strengths, we also recognize that these are extraordinary times that require exceptional measures to deal with a health risk that affects us all."

Additionally, all university-sponsored non-athletics events and gatherings, including events sponsored by any registered student organizations, are suspended until April 30, according to the letter. University-sponsored travel will also be restricted. Plans are still in place to hold commencement ceremonies for graduating students in May, barring any additional changes, Wente said.

Original post, 11:36 a.m.: Four total cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, including three in Middle Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Health announced March 9 there is now one additional case of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in the Middle Tennessee area, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to four.

The patient is an adult female, according to a news release. The TDH did not release any other details.

To date, there are two other confirmed cases in the Middle Tennessee area: an adult woman in Davidson County and an adult male in Williamson County. The other case is in Shelby County, according to state health officials.

“The overall risk to the public remains low as COVID-19 is not currently widespread in Tennessee or the United States,” the TDH said in the release.

Mayor John Cooper spoke about the third confirmed case, which is in Davidson County, at a press conference March 8.

"Now, this obviously comes at a time when Nashville wants and needs to give each other a big hug. It deserves to give each other a big hug, and we still need to do that," Cooper said. "The community response requires us all to listen to our health care experts and take common-sense precautions to protect each other. We are working closely with the [Centers for Disease Control] and [the] state department of health."

As of March 8, the TDH’s State Public Health Laboratory has been authorized to run testing for coronavirus seven days a week.

According to the TDH, the virus is a respiratory disease presenting with fever, cough and shortness of breath. For more information about the virus, the TDH has launched a public information line at 877-857-2945 open daily from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

This story is developing, check back for updates.

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Projects at the workshop include wood items, such as painted boards, planters, pillows and lazy Susans, as well as soft items, such as pillows, canvas tote bags and knit blankets, a popular item in colder months.

The city of Brentwood's police and fire departments will host a blood drive May 5.  (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
Brentwood to host Battle of the Badges blood drive May 5

The drive comes as the American Red Cross is reporting a critical need for blood donations.

Active cases in Williamson County have dropped by 33% in the last month. (Community Impact staff)
Williamson County active COVID-19 cases drop to lowest levels since September

Active cases have dropped by 1/3 in the last month, according to data from the Tennessee Department of Health.

County residents can now call the health department with COVID-19 questions. (Courtesy Pexels)
Williamson County closes COVID-19 call center

After fielding more than 22,000 calls, the line was shut down April 30.

Williamson County will begin administering a limited amount of vaccine to residents without appointments. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Williamson County offers vaccine without appointment; Pilgrimage festival lineup announced and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Franklin and Brentwood areas.

The naming of the lakefront park coincides with the build-out of Town Center. (Photos by Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
Westhaven names new park, celebrates completion of Town Center

Development at Town Center in Westhaven is officially complete.

Brentwood city officials celebrate the grand opening of the police headquarters April 29. (Photos by Wendy Sturges)
Brentwood celebrates opening of new police HQ

Take a look inside the new $29 million facility that will be the future home of the Brentwood Police Department.