Tennessee coronavirus cases nearing 100; 4 cases confirmed in Shelby County

Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 4:14 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee health officials have announced 98 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, including four in Shelby County.

Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter announced the latest case Wednesday at the county commission meeting.

Haushalter says this new case is not connected to the other three cases in the county.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are currently 58 confirmed cases in Davidson County and another 24 in Williamson County. Knox and Sumner counties have two cases each, and the following counties each have one: Campbell, Cheatham, Hamilton, Jefferson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sevier and Sullivan.

The majority of cases are among people in the 18 to 49 age group. There are 29 people with coronavirus who are 50 or older.

Tennessee coronavirus cases as of March 18
Tennessee coronavirus cases as of March 18(Tennessee Department of Health)

Haushalter said Shelby County’s latest case is a resident with no travel history outside of the county; however, the health department says the individual recently had out-of-state visitors with mild respiratory symptoms.

The individual is in isolation and receiving treatment in a hospital setting.

Haushalter announced the third case Tuesday, saying that person is not a U.S. resident but has traveled extensively within the country in recent months and was sick as they arrived in Shelby County. The individual is under quarantine in a residential setting while the health department traces contacts who may have been exposed to the virus.

The first two cases in Shelby County were close contacts and traveled to New Orleans together where health officials believe they contracted the virus.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, 39 county residents were approved for testing by the state laboratory. The third confirmed case in Shelby County, however, was tested at a private laboratory. There are more than 100 people in the county being monitored for coronavirus.

Haushalter says the health department is fielding hundreds of calls and emails each day about the virus.

The Tennessee Department of Health has activated a hotline for questions about COVID-19 -- (833) 943-1658. The number is staffed Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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