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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee|
Map of cases by county as of April 1
|Index case||Williamson County|
|Arrival date||March 5, 2020|
On March 5, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Tennessee, in Williamson County. The patient is a 44-year-old adult man and resident of Williamson County who recently flew on a nonstop flight to Boston through Nashville's airport.
As of April 1, 2:00 PM CT, the Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 2,683 cases of COVID-19 in the state. On March 20, the first death was reported in Nashville; the second death was reported on March 22, also in Nashville.
|2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Tennessee|
On March 12, Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 14 to declare a State of Emergency until it expires on May 11. The order allows pharmacists to dispense an additional 30-day prescription provided it is to prevent the spread of the virus, allows for alternate COVID-19 testing sites provided that the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board is notified, restricts an excessive price increase of items and services until March 27, suspends maximum size limitations for vehicles participating in preventing the spread of the virus, and gives the Tennessee Commissioner of Human Services the ability to waive child care requirements as needed.
On March 13, the Tennessee Supreme Court under Chief Justice Jeff Bivins issued a State of Emergency order applying to the Tennessee judicial branch. The order suspended in-person proceedings until March 31, and extended statutes of limitations and orders of protection that would expire on April 5 or before to April 6. Additionally, Governor Lee banned traveling be state employees for non-essential government business, while also banning visitors and tours in Nashville.[failed verification] The Tennessee General Assembly also banned the public from the legislative Cordell Hull Office complex with only members, staff, and media allowed.
On March 23, Memphis mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County mayor Lee Harris issued executive orders to take effect 6:00 PM, March 24, requiring residents to remain at home unless they serve essential services. The list of essential services is broad.
The state has gradually become more transparent in its reporting. Tennessee began its struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic by refusing to reveal the counties where infected victims lived. On March 10 they began revealing such information, but they still hid information regarding age and gender; now such information is published daily. On March 31 the state decided to reveal the number of negative cases in each county. Governor Lee also signed an executive order allowing local governments to meet remotely after the Republican-controlled state legislature failed to do so.
On March 12, the National Basketball Association announced the season would be suspended for 30 days, affecting the Memphis Grizzlies. In the National Hockey League, the season was suspended for an indefinite amount of time, affecting the Nashville Predators. The National Collegiate Athletic Association cancelled all winter and spring tournaments, most notably the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, affecting colleges and universities statewide. On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons.
|2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Tennessee
April 1, 2020