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Mayor John Cooper Announces Formation of Metro Coronavirus Task Force, Names Dr. Alex Jahangir Task Force Chair

3/13/2020
Chris Song

Mayor John Cooper today announced the formation of a Metro Coronavirus Task Force to further consolidate and strengthen citywide efforts to monitor and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nashville and Davidson County.

The Metro Coronavirus Task Force will include leading clinicians, epidemiologists, and other partners from Metro Government, educational institutions, hospitals, and other important community organizations from throughout Nashville and Davidson County. The task force membership is being finalized at this time. Task force subcommittee meetings are being held later today.

Mayor Cooper has named Alex Jahangir, MD, MMHC, chair of the Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Jahangir currently serves as Director of the Division of Orthopedic Trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Executive Medical Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Trauma, Burn, and Emergency Surgery. He is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon and received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee and his degree in healthcare management from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

"Dr. Alex Jahangir is both a renown surgeon and organizational leader, and the Metro Coronavirus Task Force is in excellent hands under his leadership," said Mayor Cooper. "While my administration has already been working closely with the community on our coronavirus monitoring and response work, a formalized task force will facilitate more efficient sharing of information and ideas among Metro Government personnel, epidemiologists, hospital leaders, community organizers, and others involved in our coronavirus response strategy."

On March 12, Mayor Cooper issued a public statement encouraging Davidson County residents to take all necessary precautions to prevent person-to-person spread of COVID-19. These precautions include postponing large public and private gatherings, encouraging teleconferencing and remote working, and taking all necessary precautions to protect employees, congregants, students, and all Nashvillians.

Anyone with concerns or questions about COVID-19 can call the Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line effective at 877-857-2945. The information line is available every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central.

For more information about COVID-19 visit covid19.nashville.gov, and the Tennessee Department of Health's website at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. CDC has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.