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Shelby County now has two confirmed cases of the coronavirus, COVID-19, according to the county health department.
This is a change from Wednesday, when Shelby County officials told the media that there was still one case in the county.
On Thursday, Shelby County Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter said the department was still investigating the second Shelby County case — a person who returned from New Orleans around the same time as the county’s first confirmed case.
The two traveled to Mardi Gras celebrations together, she said. The second person has been in quarantine since contacting the first case and is not hospitalized. The first person is doing well.
Haushalter said the county believes the second case is the direct result of the first case. She encouraged people to use “social distancing,” particularly with people who are over 60 or who have underlying medical conditions.
She advised people to avoid large church services, go to grocery stores at non-peak hours and see if any meetings in the next few weeks can be canceled or postponed.
Haushalter also said people who are ill should avoid public gatherings, and if they are sick enough to require medical attention, they should call ahead to their doctor or the hospital.
She said the second individual was tested either Wednesday or Thursday and that the county received the test results Thursday. Haushalter said the health department could release the total number of people who have been tested for the coronavirus as early as Friday.
The state Health Department’s website now lists 18 confirmed cases in the state. Six are in Davidson County, one in Knox, two in Shelby, one in Sullivan and eight in Williamson.
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