Update: The Hamblen County Coronavirus Task Force has confirmed a second positive test in Hamblen County Friday afternoon.
No details have been released about either person who tested positive.
See below for our earlier post.
The first case of novel coronavirus in Hamblen County was confirmed Friday by Hamblen County officials.
Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said in a release there was a positive test result.
“The Tennessee Department of Health has notified the Hamblen County Health Department that the first case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the county,” Brittain said. “According to the health department, the patient has been self-isolated and the Health Department is following up on the case.”
Brittain said the health department cannot release any more information on the case.
He said the Hamblen County Coronavirus Task Force is closely following the situation.
“This is not a time to panic,” Brittain said. “Our task force and medical providers throughout the community are closely monitoring the situation.”
As of Friday morning, there were 154 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee with two in the Lakeway Area. There has been a confirmed case in Jefferson County.
Officials did not release information Friday morning on whether the individual had traveled outside the country or not.
Brittain said the coronavirus task force is encouraging everyone to continue practicing preventive measures, such as avoiding people who are sick, avoiding crowds, no handshaking, no fist bumping and no hugging.
He also said people should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds regularly. The task force urged those who are coughing to cough in your elbow or into a tissue and then immediately throw the tissue away into a trash can.
Brittain said avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth. He also said residents should disinfect frequently items and surfaces touched frequently.
The task force said people should follow current CDC guidelines such as staying at home if sick and call your doctor or medical provider if symptoms worsen.
Brittain said for more information, the public can contact the East Tennessee Regional Medical Office at 865-549-5343 or visit www.tn.gov/health.