LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. — Loudon County Mayor Rollen Bradshaw confirmed the county's first case of COVID-19 on Saturday afternoon.
"I just wanted to confirm the information going around that we have a confirmed case of the COVID19 virus here in Loudon County. This is not unexpected or a surprise, it was a matter of time," Mayor Bradshaw said on Facebook.
The mayor also confirmed the case to 10News over the phone, and said his information came from the Loudon County Health Department.
The announcement comes on Saturday, after the Tennessee Department of Health released information that said the state now has 371 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Tennessee Department of Health releases updates on COVID-19 at 2 p.m. The health department did not immediately respond to 10News' request for comment.
READ THE MAYOR'S STATEMENT HERE
Hello friends. I just wanted to confirm the information going around that we have a confirmed case of the COVID19 virus here in Loudon County.
This is not unexpected or a surprise, it was a matter of time.
We won’t have any further information pertaining to age or location until Monday.
Again, let me reiterate that there is still no need for panic. Be calm and be good neighbors. If you are elderly or have a compromised immune system, I would strongly encourage you to limit social interaction.
We have many, many churches and civic organizations that are delivering meals and even some supplies to residents who fall in to the aforementioned categories.
If you need more information please contact my office and we will put you in contact with one of the groups. As more information becomes available I will do my best to keep you informed.
We are Loudon County Strong and we will make it through this. God Bless Loudon County.