Tuesday, March 10, 2020 | 06:19pm
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health has announced updated case management protocol regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a continued effort to keep communities informed while also maintaining patient privacy.
“TDH will release counties of residence for all confirmed cases, but will not include further identifying factors like age or gender as we balance transparency with our obligation to lawfully protect patient privacy,“ said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “While the department’s standard protocol for outbreaks is to announce information by region, we understand COVID-19 is an evolving situation presenting unique concerns for our communities.“
There are currently seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tennessee affecting Davidson, Shelby, Sullivan and Williamson counties.
County Case Count
Case Management Protocol
TDH will post updated COVID-19 cases including county of residence by 2 p.m. each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.
The TDH State Public Health Laboratory is running COVID-19 testing seven days a week to assist public health authorities and health care workers in identifying cases and treating individuals.
TDH directly oversees 89 county health departments and serves as a partner organization to the six major metropolitan jurisdictions including: Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Knox, Hamilton and Sullivan counties.
Recommended Precautions Tennesseans are encouraged to take routine precautions used in guarding against respiratory viruses:
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
Stay home if you are sick
Stay away from people who are sick