“Today, Nashville joins a growing list of cities in announcing our first presumptive coronavirus COVID-19 case,” said Dr. Micheal Caldwell, director of the Metro Nashville Health Department, in a statement. “I know this news can be alarming, but our guidance for the community remains the same. Everyone can do their part to help by remaining informed and continuing to take routine health precautions.”
The patient is a woman in Nashville. She is in isolation in her home with mild symptoms, according to officials with the Metro Nashville Public Health Department.
Metro Nashville Mayor John Cooper spoke about the new case in 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 state department of health."
Metro Nashville Public Schools are expected to reopen tomorrow, March 9.
"There is one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Davidson County. Our school district is in close contact with the Metro Health Department and state government officials to monitor and implement the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance," MNPS officials said in a social media post.
Schools in Metro Nashville have been closed since March 3, following a tornado strike in the region. Some schools were damaged in the storm, meaning some students will be moved until repairs can be made.
To date, there is now one other confirmed case in Williamson County which, following additional testing from the Tennessee Department of Health and the CDC, has not spread to household contacts.
This story is developing, check back for updates.