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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for March 18

3/18/2020
Chris Song

Mayor John Cooper’s office announced progress on Metro’s citywide coronavirus monitoring and response efforts in coordination with area hospitals, healthcare providers, and other community partners:

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 46 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 21 cases in the past 24 hours. The age range for all confirmed cases in Nashville is from 11 to 73 years old. Of the confirmed cases, 2 remain hospitalized. The remaining 44 cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

Metro Public Health Department officials expected the number of cases to increase as testing increases. Commercial lab testing has continued to expand, and we are receiving more reports as of yesterday, especially among those who are mildly ill. The test results show we are seeing some limited community spread here like many other cities, with most cases linked to either travel or a cluster of cases with a known exposure. The best way to limit spread and flatten the upward curve is to continue to take the steps of washing hands, staying home if you are ill, clean work surfaces and social distancing.

Total number of Cases: 46

Number of Cases confirmed today: 21

Cases by age

Age Group Number of Cases
Unknown 7
5-17 1
18-49 31
50-64 5
65+ 2
Total 46

Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:

  • Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC. Remain out of congregrate settings, avoid mass gatherings, and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Stay home if you are sick,
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, using alternative greetings like elbow bumps.

Order 1 from the Chief Medical Director

Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chief Medical Director of Health, has issued Order 1, pursuant to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency adopted by the Board of Health for Nashville and Davidson County on March 15, 2020. Order 1 issues public health directives to bars and restaurants throughout Davidson County to abide by regulations announced at the meeting of the Metro Board of Health, effective immediately. Read the full release on Order 1 from the Chief Medical Director.

Mayor's Office

Nashville COVID-19 Response Website

In the interest of keeping all Nashvillians well-informed, a website has been created to provide the public with information related to Metro’s coordinated coronavirus monitoring and response strategy at covid19.nashville.gov. The website will be updated throughout the day with relevant information from Metro departments, area healthcare providers, and community partners to help keep the media and residents up to speed on developments related to public health and safety in real time. Visit covid19.nashville.gov for more information.

COVID-19 Response Fund

In response to the public health emergency declared by the Metropolitan Board of Health on March 15, 2020, Mayor John Cooper, together with philanthropic, corporate, and government partners, has created the COVID-19 Response Fund at United Way of Greater Nashville. The Fund’s advisory committee will be chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, MD. The Fund will focus its initial allocations on helping our neighbors who are experiencing lost wages or who become ill from the virus receive the assistance they need to stay in their homes and keep food on the table. Read the full release on the COVID-19 Response Fund.

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools will be offering free student meals along with food boxes provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at sites identified throughout Davidson County. Metro Schools will be distributing Second Harvest food boxes to families, in addition to food bags provided by The Bridge Ministry, on Wednesday, March 18, from 2-5 p.m. as long as supplies last at locations throughout Davidson County. Read the full announcement about MNPS Food Delivery Sites.

Metro Parks and Recreation

All Metro Parks facilities and offices will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, April 6. Programming and classes will remain suspended including Spring Break programming for children, day programs for seniors, event reservations, athletic games, and fitness classes. Golf courses, parks, greenways and dog parks will remain open, however patrons are urged to use the social distancing protocols. Read the full release on Metro Parks' Suspension of Classes and Programs to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus.

Property Assessor's Office

Nashville and Davidson County Assessor of Property Vivian Wilhoite today issued a temporary end to walk-in constituency services until further notice. Assessor Wilhoite encouraged constituents who have questions or comments about their property and property values to call, email or mail the Assessor’s office. Anyone needing to drop off required reports, deliveries or other documents will be allowed to leave these items at the front door entrance of the Office of Assessments where a special table has been established to receive these items. Additionally, hearings and appeal proceedings that have been previously scheduled to be held in this office will proceed as scheduled until further notice.

  • Phone: 615-862-6080
  • Email: assessorweb@nashville.gov
  • Postal address:
    Office of the Assessor of Property
    P.O. Box 196305
    Nashville, TN  37219-6305

Davidson County Chancery Court

No in-person proceedings shall be conducted through March 31. Oral argument will be conducted by teleconference on motions where:

  • opposition has been filed (see Local Rule § 26.04(g)), and/or
  • where no motion has been filed but there is a status conference set.

If possible, efile instead of submitting paper filings. For more information, call the Part III Docket Clerk at 615-862-5719.