Tennessee Gov. Lee's administration says response to coronavirus appropriate despite Democratic criticism

Hand sanitizer is sold out at a grocery store Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn., because of concerns of coronavirus in the state. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - As the number of Tennesseans infected with the coronavirus rose from three to four on Monday, state Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state's response has been appropriate despite charges from a top state House Democrat that Republican Gov. Bill Lee's administration isn't being transparent enough.

Piercey said during the first meeting of Lee's Coronavirus Task Force that all four patients are "being taken care of and working with their local and metro health departments on contact tracing," a key element of identifying people who had come into contact with those who have the COVID-19 infection to help stem further spread of the virus.

At least 666 people in 36 states have tested positive and at least 26 have died, according to the New York Times.

"They're all appropriately isolated and they're all aware of their diagnoses," said Piercey, noting a total of 49 people have been tested in Tennessee with four positive results.