Coronavirus tweet scare: FALSE

Update: The first case of coronavirus has now been reported in Tennessee, as of March 5, 2020. It has no connection to this tweet.

An unsubstantiated report of a coronavirus case was tweeted Monday morning by a student at Middle Tennessee State University, and has been confirmed as FALSE by officials at TriStar Stonecrest Medical Center.

The tweet stated that there was a “confirmed case” of coronavirus in Smyrna, Tennessee, and that the patient is being “quarantined at TriStar Stonecrest Hospital.”

Officials from the Medical Center’s Marketing and Public Relations Office stated that they are “aware someone from MTSU” tweeted about the virus, and that the statement is “completely untrue.”

Read more about the virus on the Center for Disease Control’s website. 

To contact Editor-in-Chief Angele Latham, email

For more news, visit, or follow us on Facebook at MTSU Sidelines or on Twitter at @Sidelines_News

Previous Women's Basketball: Hayes sisters lead MTSU past WKU in 2OT win
Next Biden wins Rutherford County, Tennessee democratic primary