The first case of the novel coronavirus in the Memphis area was announced today by Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris. This is the second case confirmed in Tennessee.
Shelby County Health Department officials said the individual "traveled out of state recently," but would not provide additional details.
The individual tested positive for coronavirus yesterday and the specimen will now be tested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to state health officials. This presumptive positive case comes a few days after the first case of coronavirus was identified in Williamson County.
"We're taking this situation very seriously," Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.
Strickland has been communicating with the governor and state health officials regarding this case. All city facilities will be sanitized daily, Strickland said. The risk to the community is low, county officials said.