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Sullivan County has first confirmed case of coronavirus

J. H. OSBORNE, Kingsport Times News • Updated Mar 10, 2020 at 4:35 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — The coronavirus has arrived. The Tennessee Department of Health told local officials Tuesday that Sullivan County has its first confirmed case.

The case is travel-related, not a person-to-person community transmission, said Dr. Stephen May, medical director of the Sullivan County Regional Health Department. May said the patient has self-isolated and the health department’s next step is to begin contact tracing. That means tracking who the patient has had contact with since returning back to the area after a trip out of the United States to a country where coronavirus is endemic. May said the health department cannot release any further details about the patient, including any more precise a location than within Sullivan County.

This is a developing story. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News plan to update.

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