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Tennessee coronavirus updates: Nashville cases rise to 1,492, 17 now dead

Davidson County cases rise to 1,492
Metro Public Health Department officials announced on Wednesday 1,492 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Nashville and Davidson County, an increase of 35 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 94 years.

An additional death was reported on Wednesday — an 81-year-old man.

Sixty-seven people remained hospitalized with the virus Wednesday and 324 had recovered from it.

In all, officials said,17 people have died in Davidson County after contracting the virus.

Gov. Lee extends stay-at-home order through end of April
This week, Gov. Bill Lee extended the state's stay at home order through April 30.


The order mandates that non-essential businesses stay closed. 

The governor's decision aligns Tennessee with President Donald Trump's latest calls for businesses to reopen in early May. 

Lee also announced the creation of an economy recovery group that will focus on a phased reboot of the state economy, led by Tourism Commissioner Mark Ezell.

The group will work in coordination with local mayors, Latest Nashville News health care professionals and representatives of impacted industries, the mayor said. 

Bill Hagerty to serve on economic advisory board
Bill Hagerty, a U.S. Senate candidate and who has served as an ambassador to Japan, will serve on President Donald Trump's economic advisory board. 

Trump named Hagerty in a long list of people and businesses whom he thanked for their work related to the coronavirus Tuesday evening at his daily news conference at the White House.



Shortly after Trump named him, Hagerty announced that he will serve on the president's economic advisory board. 

“I have always sought to answer the call to service, and in doing so, I’ve served my state as Commissioner of Economic and Community Development and served my country as the United States Ambassador to Japan. Now, President Trump has asked me to help on the economic advisory board," Hagerty said in a news release Tuesday evening. 


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State parks closed until further notice  
Tennessee State Parks will extend the closure of all 56 parks until further notice.

The park system was originally closed until Tuesday, but has extended the closures indefinitely. Officials will notify the public when the parks reopen. 

Statewide cases reach 5,823 Tuesday 


The Tennessee Department of Health announced Tuesday that statewide cases had reached 5,823, up 213 from Monday.

As of Tuesday, 15 new deaths were reported, bringing the statewide total to 124. 

Of those who tested positive, 1,969 have recovered, the Department of Health said, and 633 patients have required hospitalization. 

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