More Than 500 Tennesseans Have Coronavirus, Health Officials Say


Tennessee had more than 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday night, according to the Tennessee Department of Health’s website.

Davidson County continued to have the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases by far at 179. But, as of Sunday night, Shelby County overtook Williamson County and ranked as having the second highest number of confirmed cases, according to TDH.

Dr. Alex Jahangir, who chairs Davidson County’s Metro Coronavirus Task Force (pictured above), said at a press conference Sunday that of the people with confirmed cases of coronavirus in Davidson County, 27 – that’s 15% of the patients – have recovered so far.

He said:

I want to start with an update on the coronavirus in Nashville. As of today, we have had a total of 179 confirmed cases, with a total of one confirmed fatality. That is an increase of a total of 46 cases in the past 24 hours.

The patients range in age from 11 – 73 years old. Of the confirmed cases, 2 are currently hospitalized.

149 cases are self-isolating at home, and have mild and manageable symptoms.

27 people who were confirmed cases have recovered and are now cleared.

Shelby County had 66 confirmed coronavirus cases Sunday, whereas it had only 40 cases one day prior. Williamson County, meanwhile, which had 47 confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, had 48 cases on Sunday.

The state Department of Health reports the following counties had confirmed coronavirus cases in each of their respective areas:

• Sumner County: 22
• Hamilton and Rutherford counties: 8
• Putnam County: 6
• Knox and Tipton counties: 5
• Cheatham and Dickson counties: 4
• Fayette, Monroe, Montgomery, and Robertson counties: 3
• Bradley, Campbell, Carroll, Cumberland, Dyer, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Maury, Scott, Washington, and Wilson counties: 2
• Anderson, Blount, Chester, Cocke, Franklin, Gibson, Houston, Loudon, Marion, McMinn, Perry, Roane, Sevier, and Sullivan counties: 1

As The Tennessee Star reported Sunday, a 73-year-old Davidson County man who had coronavirus passed away from the illness Friday.

As The Star reported Thursday, Nashville Democratic Mayor John Cooper announced that members of the Nashville-based Frist Foundation will donate $1 million to a fund that city officials set up to help people who have fallen ill to the coronavirus. The fund will also help people who lost their jobs or number of working hours because of the coronavirus emergency.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation CEO Butch Spyridon said the coronavirus emergency will hit the city’s hospitality industry the hardest.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Dr. Alex Jahangir” by Vanderbilt University Medical Center.




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3 Thoughts to “More Than 500 Tennesseans Have Coronavirus, Health Officials Say”

  1. Steve Allen

    After listening to an hour of broadcast today (3-23-20 at 5:00 PM) on the BBC about the global covid-19 pandemic, their next article was stating that the most common psychological disorder in the UK is anxiety disorder. REALLY, is the media that totally stupid? I just can’t believe it.

  2. 83ragtop50

    And how many have the flu and have died from it? This is more about scaring the public than serving a public service.

  3. Horatio Bunce

    “27 people who were confirmed cases have recovered and are now cleared.”

    What does “recovered” mean? They exhibit no symptoms? Because we are being told daily this means nothing, that you probably are an infected carrier and stay away from everything but banks, Pliot/Flying J and Walmart, because apparently you can’t transmit the virus there…