Fourth case of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, official says

Fourth case of coronavirus confirmed in Tennessee, official says
The patient is a woman in Middle Tennessee.

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed a fourth case of COVID-19 in the state according to an official.

The case was discovered in Middle Tennessee.

The patient is a woman.

Content Continues Below

The TDH is working with local health officials to support the ongoing investigation of COVID-19 cases. The overall risk to the public remains low.

COVID-19 is not currently widespread in Tennesee or the U.S.

Effective today, TDH will post COVID-19 updated numbers online by 2 p.m. each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.

The TDH State Public Health Laboratory is now running COVID-19 testing seven days a week to assist public health authorities and health care workers in identifying cases and treating individuals.

Tennesseans are encouraged to take routine precautions used in guarding against respiratory viruses:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands

• Stay home if you are sick

• Stay away from people who are sick

Most patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have mild respiratory illness with fever, cough and shortness of breath. A smaller number of patients have severe symptoms requiring hospitalization.

TDH has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945 and is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time.