Manchester City Mayor Lonnie Norman has issued a statement regarding the first positive COVID-19 in Coffee County.
Norman's full statement:
We were notified by the Tennessee Department of Health today that a resident of Coffee County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient has been placed in quarantine and is recovering at home.
We have been preparing for and expecting this for weeks. We are coordinating with the TDH and the healthcare community to make sure all Coffee County residents are protected. While this is not unexpected, it should be a wake-up call to the public to heed very seriously the public health warnings we have been publicizing.
The worst thing we can do during trying times like this is panic. Do not go to the doctor or the ER without calling first. Keep your hands clean and continue to practice social distancing. If you are feeling bad, stay at home. We must remain calm but must take coronavirus seriously. We’re a smart community, and we’ll be smart about stopping the spread of this virus.
In order to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we all need to work together to ensure our community is healthy and safe. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will adapt our response as appropriate.
Again, I want to emphasize; this was not unexpected. We are prepared and are working closely with the TDH and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact on the residents of Coffee County. My top priority is the safety and wellbeing of this community.