228 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee; 30 cases now in Shelby County

Updated: Mar. 20, 2020 at 2:23 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 228 cases of coronavirus in the state as of Friday.

Shelby County now has 30 cases, according to Shelby County Health Department director Alisa Haushalter.

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joris Ray says the district’s meal distribution is suspended indefinitely after an employee in the nutrition department tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Davidson County has the most cases in the state, with 101 confirmed as of Friday. They’re still only reporting four cases for Shelby County, but the county health department says that’s because of a delay in reporting.

Officials have also confirmed cases in Dyer, Tipton and Fayette counties.

On Thursday, Haushalter said we are now seeing signs of community transmission, prompting Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris to declare an emergency.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland declared a civil emergency, closing bars, gyms and restaurant dining rooms.

Governor Bill Lee is also urging churches to find alternative ways to serve during the pandemic to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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