TENNESSEE (WATE) — It’s a new year. The COVID-19 pandemic continues. As the number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Tennessee continue to climb and efforts to contain the spread ramp back up after the holidays, federal, state and local officials are issuing updated responses and directives on an almost daily basis.
Reports indicate the novel coronavirus or COVID-19 originated in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. On Wednesday, March 11, the World Health Organization had declared the global coronavirus crisis to be a pandemic. Previously, WHO had declared the coronavirus as a public health emergency on Jan. 30. The first case of the novel coronavirus in the US had been reported in mid-January in Washington state. COVID-19 has since spread into the United States. The first case in Tennessee was reported confirmed by state health officials in Williamson County on March 5, 2020.
Below is a timeline of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impacts in Tennessee and the East Tennessee region.
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Coming into the month of January, the Tennessee Department of Health reported 586,802 cumulative COVID-19 cases as of Dec. 31, including 6,907 deaths, 3,218 current hospitalizations and 508,914 are inactive/recovered. Percent positive for Dec. 31 was 22.64%.