COVID-19 cases hit 371 in Tennessee; Shelby County cases rise to 42 as testing increases

Updated: Mar. 21, 2020 at 2:18 PM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. (WMC) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Shelby County has increased to 42, and the state total has climbed to 371. This comes on the heels of the first coronavirus death reported in Nashville, Tennessee Saturday morning.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, there are 371 cases in the state -- that’s nearly a 150 case increase from Friday’s total of 228. Davidson, Williamson and now Shelby County along with residents of other states or countries are showing some of the highest numbers.

SCHD says the increase in case number was expected due to the increase in testing for the virus. The spread is mostly happening through family and work units, according to SCHD.

The health department has identified that face to face interactions for more than 10 minutes can lead to the transfer of the virus. COVID-19 also lives on hard surfaces and can be contracted that way as well.

Available testing locations include:

  • Christ Community Health Services -- appointment only, in the parking lot of the Christ Community Third Street location
  • Women’s Health Care Associates -- appointment only, 9005 Highway 64 Suite 101
  • University of Tennesse Health Science Center -- appointment only following consultation with UTHSC affiliated physician (have to be referred by your medical provider), Tiger Lane at the Memphis Fairgrounds

There are at least 70 people being monitored for COVID-19 in Shelby County at this time.

SCHD plans to start gathering information for positive and negative test results that could be available as early as Monday.

County health officials believe person to person spread in the community has started. The Centers for Disease Control and health officials across the nation are urging individuals to practice social distancing and limited travel during this pandemic.

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