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Coronavirus phone lines open after confirmed case in Tennessee

People will be able to talk to officials about any concerns they have on the coronavirus.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 5:48 PM
Updated: Mar 6, 2020 1:27 PM

The Tennessee Department of Health says an adult man from Williamson County in Tennessee has the coronavirus.

That's just south of Nashville and around 2 hours away from Huntsville.

"I'm not freaked out. I'm concerned," Pat Patrick from Chattanooga said.

"My main concern is it spreading kind of like the flu," Hue Counts from Fayetteville added.

The health department is working with local health care officials to prevent the disease from spreading. It assures everyone the overall risk for people remains low.

The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency says its plan right now is to make sure the public is informed.

But, some people say they're taking precautions.

"The best thing you can do, I understand, is stay at home, wash your hands and don't shake hands with anybody. So, that's what I try to do," Counts said.

"I'm not traveling like I usually do. I'm really paying attention to the news, and I have stocked up on food in case one of us has to go into quarantine," Patrick added.

The Tennessee Department of Health launched a coronavirus public information line. That number is 877-857-2945. It will be available from 10 am to 10 pm every day.

Across state lines in Alabama, the public health department is also working on a 211 line for questions you may have about the coronavirus.

"You can't really prepare for what's coming if you don't know what's on its way," Peter Hudson said.

A spokeswoman with the public health department told WAAY 31 the state re-arranged its website to make information on the coronavirus easier to find.

The health department is also in contact with local Emergency Management Agencies to help them prepare for a potential outbreak.

"They're disseminating information now from the CDC and the Alabama Public Department of Health to kind of help us advise people on what to do," Tyler Pruitt with the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency said.

But for now, the state says they're focusing on health awareness and prevention.

"Take care of yourself. Take care of your families," Hudson said.

"If you start displaying symptoms, you need to kind of isolate yourself from the rest of the public. Stay within at least 6 feet away from people like the personal contact zone. As well as, obviously, wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, and just all the common precautions people will normally use," Pruitt added.

There are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Alabama at this time.

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 18246

Reported Deaths: 644
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Mobile2271118
Jefferson1859103
Montgomery175843
Tuscaloosa79916
Marshall7009
Franklin5628
Lee55033
Shelby52220
Tallapoosa42765
Butler41418
Unassigned3842
Walker3702
Elmore3628
Chambers35825
Madison3434
Baldwin2929
Morgan2871
Dallas2793
Etowah26012
Lowndes25212
DeKalb2493
Coffee2381
Autauga2335
Sumter2247
Houston2214
Bullock2096
Pike2060
Colbert1862
Russell1750
Hale1759
Barbour1721
Marengo1716
Lauderdale1662
Calhoun1643
Choctaw15310
Wilcox1507
Cullman1471
Clarke1462
St. Clair1281
Randolph1277
Dale1220
Marion12211
Pickens1184
Talladega1175
Limestone1080
Chilton1031
Greene954
Winston900
Macon854
Covington811
Jackson812
Henry802
Bibb761
Crenshaw753
Escambia723
Washington716
Blount631
Lawrence500
Monroe432
Geneva430
Perry420
Conecuh411
Coosa401
Cherokee383
Clay282
Lamar260
Fayette160
Cleburne151

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 22566

Reported Deaths: 364
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Davidson504062
Shelby4943111
Trousdale13924
Rutherford119623
Sumner88145
Hamilton79415
Bledsoe6071
Williamson55210
Putnam4795
Robertson4653
Tipton4423
Out of TN4184
Lake4140
Wilson4078
Knox3755
Bedford2834
Montgomery2693
Rhea2100
Hardeman1960
Madison1752
Loudon1430
McMinn14114
Macon1363
Cheatham1230
Bradley1221
Fayette1152
Cumberland1121
Dickson1090
Unassigned920
Blount913
Maury890
Sevier812
Washington750
Coffee730
Wayne640
Gibson631
Monroe622
Sullivan602
Hickman580
Lauderdale561
Franklin531
Greene502
Dyer500
Marion401
Anderson401
DeKalb370
Hamblen362
Smith341
White330
Hawkins332
Lawrence310
Grundy311
Haywood312
Marshall311
Obion301
Henry300
Jefferson280
Carroll271
Overton260
Meigs260
Weakley260
Lincoln250
Warren230
Cannon210
Perry210
Cocke200
Carter191
Campbell181
Morgan170
Jackson170
Crockett162
Roane160
Polk160
Johnson160
Henderson150
Hardin152
Sequatchie150
Humphreys131
Fentress120
McNairy120
Chester120
Giles120
Scott120
Stewart110
Claiborne90
Houston80
Grainger80
Clay70
Benton71
Decatur50
Unicoi40
Union40
Van Buren40
Lewis30
Pickett30
Moore30
Hancock10

 

 

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