First confirmed case of COVID-19 in Anderson County

CLINTON, Tenn. (March 19, 2020) — The Anderson County Health Department has advised Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank and EMA Director Steve Payne that Anderson County has its first confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

According to the Health Department, the patient has self-isolated and the Health Department is currently engaged in contact tracing and education. The Anderson County Health Department cannot release any further information about the patient, including a more precise location within Anderson County. 

Citizens are encouraged to keep up to date with the latest information and guidance at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.

Citizens are encouraged to watch the site for additional COVID-19 Assessment sites, as new sites are added daily. The Tennessee Department of Health also has a hotline at 1-877-857-2945 (available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST daily).

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed as much as possible.

To protect yourself, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people; this is especially important for citizens who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call ahead before going to see a healthcare provider. If you are sick, wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a face mask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes. And, people who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room. 
  • Do not wear a face mask if you are not sick, unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are unable to wear a mask).
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid groups of people
  • Practice social distancing