A second confirmed case of the coronavirus has been identified in McMinn County, but no information will be released on either person.
The first local case was announced by McMinn County Mayor John Gentry on Friday and the second was noted by the Tennessee Department of Health in its daily update on Monday.
According to TDH Southeast Region Public Information Officer Amanda Goodhard, no identifying information is expected be released publicly on any subject identified as having coronavirus.
Instead, she said people will be informed individually if they need to self-quarantine as a result of the pandemic.
“If they have potentially been exposed, the health department will contact them,” Goodhard said.
She added there may be cases — as there have in the past — where too many people may have been exposed to contact each one. At that point, a public announcement would be made.
She also encouraged people to continue following all precautions given to ward off the coronavirus.
Those precautions include washing hands with soap and water; using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze; avoiding touching your face; staying home if you feel sick; and staying away from people who may be sick.
There have also been “social distancing” guidelines issued and many businesses have been issued guidelines from Gov. Bill Lee to restrict in-person contact.