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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee

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2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee
COVID-19 Cases in Tennessee by counties.svg
Map of cases by county as of April 1
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DiseaseCOVID-19
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
LocationTennessee, U.S.
Index caseWilliamson County
Arrival dateMarch 5, 2020
Confirmed cases2,683
Recovered137
Deaths
24
Official website
www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html

The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the U.S. state of Tennessee in March 2020.

Timeline

COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, United States  ()
     Deaths        Active cases
Date
# of cases
# of deaths
2020-03-08
3(n.a.) 0
2020-03-09
4(+33%) 0
2020-03-10
7(+75%) 0
2020-03-11
9(+29%) 0
2020-03-12
18(+100%) 0
2020-03-13
26(+44%) 0
2020-03-14
32(+23%) 0
2020-03-15
39(+22%) 0
2020-03-16
52(+33%) 0
2020-03-17
73(+40%) 0
2020-03-18
98(+34%) 0
2020-03-19
154(+57%) 0
2020-03-20
228(+48%) 0
2020-03-21
371(+63%) 0
2020-03-22
505(+36%) 0
2020-03-23
615(+22%) 0
2020-03-24
667(+8%) 2
2020-03-25
784(+18%) 3
2020-03-26
957(+22%) 3
2020-03-27
1,203(+26%) 6
2020-03-28
1,373(+14%) 6
2020-03-29
1,537(+12%) 7
2020-03-30
1,834(+19%) 13
2020-03-31
2,239(+22%) 21
2020-04-01
2,863(+27.9%) 24
Cases: The number of cases confirmed in Tennessee.
Sources: tn.gov.
Animated map of the spread of coronavirus starting March 11

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.[1]

The University of Tennessee reported its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on March 22. The case involved a staff member of the university and was confirmed by the Knox County Health Department.[2]

On March 26, Middle Tennessee State University confirmed an on-campus student tested positive for COVID-19 and is being supported by MTSU Student Health Services.[3]

As of April 1, 2:00 PM CT, the Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 2,683 cases of COVID-19 in the state.[4] On March 20, the first death was reported in Nashville;[5] the second death was reported on March 22, also in Nashville.[6]

Confirmed cases by date

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Tennessee[4]
Date Cases Total Deaths
Apr 1 2683 24
Mar 31 2239 21
Mar 30 1834 13
Mar 29 1537 7
Mar 28 1373 6
Mar 27 1203 6
Mar 26 957 3
Mar 25 784 3
Mar 24 667 2
Mar 23 615 2
Mar 22 505 2
Mar 21 371 1
Mar 20 228 1
Mar 19 154 0
Mar 18 98 0
Mar 17 73 0
Mar 16 52 0
Mar 15 39 0
Mar 14 32 0
Mar 13 26 0
Mar 12 18 0
Mar 11 9 0
Mar 10 7 0
Mar 9 4 0
Mar 8 3 0
Mar 7 2-3 0

Government response

A half-empty shelf in the laundry detergent aisle at Kroger in Springfield.

On March 5, Governor Bill Lee reported the state's first case: a man in his 40s in Williamson County who had recently traveled outside the state.[7]

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.[8]

A long line of customers at Publix in Smyrna.

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.[9] Additionally, Governor Lee banned traveling be state employees for non-essential government business, while also banning visitors and tours in Nashville.[10][failed verification] The Tennessee General Assembly also banned the public from the legislative Cordell Hull Office complex with only members, staff, and media allowed.[11]

On March 16, Nashville mayor John Cooper announced that bars will close across the county and imposed limitations on restaurants.[12]

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.[13] The list of essential services is broad.[14]

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.[15]

Impact on sports

On March 12, the National Basketball Association announced the season would be suspended for 30 days, affecting the Memphis Grizzlies.[16] In the National Hockey League, the season was suspended for an indefinite amount of time, affecting the Nashville Predators.[17] 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.[18] On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons.[19]

Statistics

Confirmed cases by county

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Tennessee[4]

April 1, 2020

County Confirmed

cases

Deaths Recov.
Anderson 10
Bedford 4
Benton 4
Bledsoe 2
Blount 28
Bradley 14
Campbell 4
Cannon 3
Carroll 5
Carter 1
Cheatham 10
Chester 3
Clay 1
Cocke 1
Coffee 1
Cumberland 14
Davidson[a] 685-Active[20] 5[20] 95[20]
DeKalb 5
Dickson 18
Dyer 3
Fayette 14
Fentress 1
Franklin 7
Gibson 6
Giles 3
Grainger 3
Greene 15 1
Grundy 4
Hamblen 2
Hamilton 50 2
Hardeman 1
Hardin 2
Hawkins 5
Haywood 2
Henry 1
Humphreys 1
Jefferson 6
Johnson 2
Knox 78 1
Lauderdale 1
Lawrence 2
Lewis 2
Lincoln 2
Loudon 8
Macon 4
Madison 7
Marion 8 1
Marshall 1
Maury 17
McMinn 3
McNairy 1
Meigs 1
Monroe 5
Montgomery 27
Morgan 1
Obion 2
Overton 2
Perry 2
Putnam 31
Rhea 1
Roane 2
Robertson 35
Rutherford 86 1
Scott 3
Sequatchie 1
Sevier 9
Shelby 496 3
Smith 3
Sullivan 17
Sumner 201 7
Tipton 22
Trousdale 5 1
Unicoi 1
Union 1
Warren 1
Washington 21
Wayne 1
Weakley 1
White 1
Williamson 148 2
Wilson 45
Other[b] 243 1
Unknown 442
Total (statewide)      2683 24 137
  1. ^ Nashville and Davidson County have a combined city–county government.
  2. ^ Non-state residents tested

Rate of contagion and age ranges

References

  1. ^ Kelman, Brett; Ebert, Joel. "Coronavirus case detected in Tennessee: First patient is quarantined in Williamson County". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2020-03-21.
  2. ^ "First confirmed case of COVID-19 in our campus community". The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
  3. ^ "MARCH 26: From President McPhee: COVID-19 Update". Middle Tennessee State University. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
  4. ^ a b c "Novel Coronavirus". tn.gov. Retrieved March 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Nashville health department reports Tennessee's first coronavirus death
  6. ^ Coronavirus in Tennessee this weekend: Nashville issues Safer at Home Order, Lee limits restaurants, bars, gyms
  7. ^ Bowles, Laken (March 5, 2020). "Gov. Bill Lee announces first confirmed case of coronavirus in Williamson County". WTVF. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Executive Order – Lee No. 14 Tennessee Secretary of State
  9. ^ Laken Bowles Tennessee Supreme Court will keep courts open, suspend in-person proceedings amid COVID-19 concerns Mar 13, 2020 WTVF
  10. ^ Lee Closes Capitol, Halts State Travel Over Coronavirus U.S. News & World Report
  11. ^ Tennessee Capitol, legislative office building close to public amid coronavirus concerns The Tennessean
  12. ^ "Coronavirus in Tennessee latest news: Restaurant restrictions, ACMs delayed and 39 confirmed cases in Tennessee". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  13. ^ "Memphis' 'safer at home' executive order: What is an essential service?". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  14. ^ "Listing of Essential and Nonessential Services". City of Memphis. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
  15. ^ Tennessee grapples with what to disclose amid virus outbreak AP, 31 Mar 2020
  16. ^ "Silver: NBA hiatus likely to last 'at least' 30 days". ESPN.com. March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  17. ^ NHL statement on coronavirus NHL, March 12, 2020
  18. ^ NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA, March 12, 2020
  19. ^ NJCAA cancels spring sports, basketball nationals amid coronavirus outbreak MLive.com, March 16, 2020
  20. ^ a b c "Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for 03/31/20". www.asafenashville.org. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, Mayor of Nashville John Cooper. April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.

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