White Bluff Mayor Linda Hayes has the coronavirus known as COVID-19, according to a statement released by town lawyer Andrew Mills.
It is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Dickson County. A little while after the statement was released, a second case was confirmed in the county, an employee at the Nemak plant.
Hayes' statement reads:
“Earlier this morning, I tested positive for COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) after seeking treatment at a local hospital after consulting with my primary care provider. I am grateful for the care I have been provided by the medical community. I am currently recovering at home under self-quarantine.
I urge everyone to take the necessary precautions to slow and prevent the spread of this virus. Please diligently practice social distancing. Follow the guidance and directives of Governor Lee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, but it is our medical professionals who most deserve our support during this time. We will get through this.”
Nemak was informed late Thursday night of a positive coronavirus test result for an employee.
HR has been in contact with the employee and has put an emergency plan into action. A small number of employees who had close contact with this employee have been contacted and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
The plant was scheduled for temporary shutdown beginning Friday, March 20 at 3 p.m. In light of these events, the shutdown was moved up to 11 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.