Robertson County has its third case of COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Health announced Sunday afternoon.
505 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus across Tennessee. That is up from the 371 cases reported by the TN Department of Health on Saturday, March 21.
Robertson County Mayor Billy Vogle declared a state of emergency hours after the county's first case was confirmed on Wednesday, March 18. The Robertson County Health Department is expected to begin drive-thru COVID-19 testing at the Fairgrounds (4635 Highway 41 N in Springfield) this week.
Springfield Mayor Ann Schneider called for area residents to stay home to stop the spread of the virus. While government, parks and essential businesses will remain open, she said the city is taking a proactive approach to avoid having to issue a shelter-in-place mandate.
“We are issuing a strong recommendation to our employers and citizens in Springfield to shelter in place,” she said in a press conference on Sunday. “This is not a mandate. This is a recommendation. We encourage everyone to band together to help eliminate this virus.”
Amanda Porter, Chief of Operations for Robertson County Emergency Management, said the ages and city of residences for the confirmed Robertson cases have yet to be made public. The test results, which take 2-5 days to process, have to go through all proper channels before the information can be released.
Although the county only has three positive tests so far, NorthCrest Medical Center President and CEO Randy Davis expects that number to rise in the coming days. NorthCrest is awaiting results from at least 50 tests and has treated additional patients exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
“Let me be very clear: that’s three people who (have) home residences in Robertson County,” Davis said in the Sunday briefing. “That does not indicate how many positive (cases) we have seen at the hospital and at our testing locations. There are more than that, and there will be more (Monday).”
Along with Robertson, nearby areas that reported positive tests include Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery and Sumner counties. Davidson County has the most cases in the state with 167. Sumner has 22 confirmed cases, Cheatham and Dickson have four and Montgomery has three.
Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville released the identity of at least one of the Sumner County cases. Dr. Terry Chamberlain, who operates a dentistry practice at 500 Long Hollow Pike in Goodlettsville, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday morning after being hospitalized with symptoms for several days, the church said in a release on its website.
Chamberlain’s wife, Lynette, is also displaying symptoms of the virus, though it was not clear whether she has been tested. The Chamberlains first noticed their potential symptoms on Saturday, March 7 and immediately isolated themselves and sought medical attention, the church said.
Of the 505 cases in Tennessee, six people are 0-10 years old, 30 are 11-20 years old, 162 are 21-30 years old, 88 are 31-40 years old, 74 are 41-50 years old, 67 are 51-60 years old, 44 are 61-70 years old, 25 are 71-80 years old and eight are 80-plus years old.
For information on how to protect yourself from the coronavirus, visit the CDC website.
Ellen Kennedy contributed to this report.