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Tennessee sees bump in confirmed virus cases

March 21, 2020 GMT
In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, TI Williams, left, and Adam Hopson bring meals to families made by food trucks Meatball Madness and More and REO Cheesewagon as RIO Revolution hosted the free food for school families affected by the closing of schools in Maryville, Tenn. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)
In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, TI Williams, left, and Adam Hopson bring meals to families made by food trucks Meatball Madness and More and REO Cheesewagon as RIO Revolution hosted the free food for school families affected by the closing of schools in Maryville, Tenn. (Tom Sherlin/The Daily Times via AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health announced Saturday that the number of confirmed cases in Tennessee increased to more than 370.

The majority of the cases are located in Middle Tennessee, with Davidson and Williamson counties reporting the highest amount. However, Shelby County — where Memphis is located — has also seen a bump, with more than 40 cases reported as of Saturday.

On Friday, a 73-year-old man in Nashville with underlying health conditions became Tennessee’s first fatality linked to the new coronavirus.

For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For people with existing health problems and older adults, it can cause more severe illness requiring hospitalization.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

As Tennessee has experienced more confirmed cases of the virus, cities like Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Chattanooga have limited restaurants to take-out orders, drive-thru service, curbside pickup, and delivery service. Most have ordered gyms to close.

All schools are closed at least until the end of the month, some plan on being closed later.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bill Lee has held off from enforcing any statewide mandates but said his administration is launching an economic task force on ways to help reeling businesses and workers. He said he’s seeking guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services about possibly using Medicaid to cover coronavirus treatment for the uninsured.

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