Newport and Cocke County officials held a news conference this afternoon to update the community on the status of the coronavirus locally. 

Cocke County Mayor Crytal Ottinger reported that one case of COVID 19 was confirmed earlier today in Cocke County.

Cocke County Director of School Manney Moore and Newport Director of Schools Sandy Burchette announced that Newport and Cocke County students will not return to classes until at least April 13, and between now and then the school situation will continue to be evaluated.

See Sunday's edition of the Citizen Tribune for more.