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Resolution RS2020-287

A resolution requesting the Mayor’s Office and the Metropolitan Department of Public Health partner with Meharry Medical College to seek grant funding to track, study, and report on the impact of COVID-19 on minority and rural communities.

WHEREAS, COVID-19 has strongly impacted Nashville in recent weeks, with over 1,000 individuals contracting the virus in Davidson County and many from surrounding counties coming to Davidson County for treatment; and

WHEREAS, Davidson County has a higher number of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 than any other county in Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, it has become clear that minority populations, especially African Americans, are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, it is also important to understand the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, especially in light of the closures of many rural hospitals, making it more difficult for individuals in rural communities to seek testing and treatment; and

WHEREAS, it is imperative that more work be done to track, study, and report on the impact of COVID-19 on minority and rural communities, and seeking grant funding would assist with this work.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as requesting the Mayor’s Office and the Metropolitan Department of Public Health partner with Meharry Medical College to seek grant funding to track, study, and report on the impact of COVID-19 on minority and rural communities.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsor(s)

Jonathan Hall, Zulfat Suara, Kyonzté Toombs

Legislative History

Referred toHealth, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee

IntroducedApril 21, 2020

AdoptedApril 21, 2020

ApprovedApril 22, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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Last Modified: 04/24/2020 3:44 PM