Officials announce results of coronavirus tests on people who had contact with first case in Tennessee

Officials announce results of coronavirus tests on people who had contact with first case in Tennessee
The individuals were tested Thursday for infection with COVID-19. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images) (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health has announced the results of tests conducted on people who had contact with the first case of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Tennessee.

The TDH State Public Health Laboratory confirmed negative test results on all the individuals Friday.

The laboratory tested the individuals Thursday for infection with COVID-19.

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Tests on two unrelated individuals were also negative.

Tennessee currently has one case of COVID-19, an adult male from Williamson County who recently traveled out-of-state.

The man has a mild illness and is isolated at home.

The overall risk to the general public remains low, according to an official.

At this time no additional precautions are recommended for Tennesseans to take beyond normal practices to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:

  • 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.

TDH has launched a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information hotline in partnership with the Tennessee Poison Center. The number is 877-857-2945.