The number of COVID-19 cases in Blount County has reached double digits, the Tennessee Department of Health reported Monday.
Ten Blount County residents had tested positive for the virus as of 3 p.m. Monday. The first positive case in the county was reported by TDH on March 20.
Blount Memorial Hospital announced March 23 that one of its employees had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Additionally, BMH reported a hospital inpatient also had tested positive on March 26.
BMH opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing center on March 18, but the correlation between people tested at that center and the number of positive cases in the county is difficult to draw, BMH Public Relations Manager Josh West said.
”As numbers continue to grow, we cannot verify that the numbers reported by the state include our patients as we do not have the patient information for those reported in their count to be able to match,” West said.
No other information on the Blount County infections has been disclosed.
On Monday, Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order announcing the closure of all non-essential business in the state in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The media was on the list of essential businesses.
The order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. today and end on April 14.
Tennessee had 1,834 positive cases of COVID-19 as of 3 p.m. Monday.