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2019 Novel Coronavirus


The Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) recognizes the potential for concern among the Nashville community after reports of recent cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus that were first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Metro Public Health Department officials are receiving guidance on a daily basis about the new Coronavirus from the Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Metro Public Health Department has posted links on our website to the latest information about the illness from Tennessee Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).

Even though there have been a limited number of confirmed cases in the U.S. associated with recent travelers from Wuhan, there currently are no cases in Nashville or Tennessee. The Centers for Disease Control and Tennessee Department of Health will closely monitor the health of recent travelers from Wuhan to identify additional cases. While the available information suggests a low immediate health risk for the general public, we consider any new infectious disease a serious concern and we are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and protection and the Tennessee Department of Health on responding to any potential threat.

Based on what has been learned from past outbreaks – including outbreaks of related coronaviruses – we know that finding cases quickly and responding to them effectively is key. That rapid response helps ensure that the ill person receives the care they need, and it lessens the chance of other people getting sick. Fortunately, there is a strong disease surveillance system in place that includes partnerships with hospital and clinic systems as well as local health departments.

Health care providers in Nashville and Tennessee have been alerted on steps to take if a person with recent travel to Wuhan becomes sick with respiratory symptoms.

When a new disease is circulating, it’s natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families. The best guidance at this point is to take the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu: People should stay home when they are sick, cover their cough, and practice good hand washing.

If you have recently returned from a trip to China and are feeling sick, call your health care provider and let them know of your travel history and symptoms.

This is a rapidly changing situation and we learn more every day from the Centers for Disease Control and Protection about this newly emerging virus. Be sure to check for updated information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus by visiting the Centers for Disease Control’s website, the Tennessee Department of Health’s website and the Metro Health Department's website

2019 Coronavirus Fact Sheet