Gov. Bill Lee announces 1st confirmed case of coronavirus in Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee announces 1st confirmed case of coronavirus in Tennessee
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, was first detected in Wuhan, China. (Source: AP)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMC) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced Thursday that Tennessee has its first confirmed case of the coronavirus.

The patient is a 44-year-old man in Williamson County.

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Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercy says the patient is currently quarantined in his home.

Authorities said the patient did not travel internationally but did travel within the country and returned in the last week.

Piercy revealed the Department of Health became aware of the case Wednesday night.

Piercy said the overall risk for the public in Tennessee is low. Coronavirus is not widespread and there are many things you can do to prevent it.

State health officials are emphasizing the importance of washing hands and covering noses and mouths when sneezing.

Another doctor working with the patient, Dr. Mary Mararet Phil, said the patient has mild symptoms. He took appropriate precautions by staying home when he developed symptoms.

Chief medical officer, Tim Jones, said no more than a handful of Tennesseeans have been tested for the virus so far.

Lee announced Tennessee was the first of five states to begin testing for COVID-19 and will continue to test for the virus. He also said state officials will remain in constant communication with the CDC.

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