Sumner County has its first two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), according to the Tennessee Department of Health. The total number of confirmed cases in Tennessee is now at 98 – up from 73 on Tuesday.
Health department officials have not immediately responded to a request for more information about the two Sumner County cases.
A Goodlettsville dentist and member of Long Hollow Baptist Church remains in serious condition at a local hospital, according to a message posted on the church’s website on Wednesday.
“Dr. Terry Chamberlain tested positive for COVID-19 this morning after being hospitalized with serious symptoms for several days,” reads the message. “The Chamberlains are active Long Hollow members that have been faithful servants for decades, and we ask you to diligently pray with us for a full recovery.”
The message also says that Chamberlain and his wife first displayed potential symptoms of COVIC-19 on March 7. The couple isolated themselves and sought medical attention as soon as the symptoms developed, it adds.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the coronavirus can remain dormant and infectious for up to 10 days before symptoms develop.
The church urges anyone who may have had contact with the couple during the time they may have been contagious to isolate themselves from others.
The couple served in the children’s ministry and attended church on March 1, the message notes.
For the CDC’s recommendations on what to do if you’ve been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.
TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center was notified on Wednesday morning that a patient who had been in the hospital's care has tested positive for COVID-19, according to hospital spokesperson Rachel Lassiter.
"Saturday, the patient was transferred to TriStar Centennial Medical Center for a higher level of care, and infection prevention protocols have been in place, including isolation in both facilities to help ensure the safety of our colleagues, patients and visitors," Lassiter added. "We continue to work closely with the CDC and health department."
The state’s first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Williamson County on March 5.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency due to the virus on March 13.
Those who think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing are urged to call their healthcare provider for medical advice.
The Gallatin News will have more information as it becomes available.