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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for March 19

3/19/2020
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 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 14 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 58 cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

Total number of Cases: 60

Number of Cases confirmed today: 14

Cases by age

Age Group Number of Cases
Unknown 7
5-17 1
18-49 40
50-64 8
65+ 4
Total 60

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 congregate 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.

Mayor's Office

Mayor John Cooper Declares State of Emergency

Today, Mayor John Cooper signed Executive Order 6, which declares an immediate state of emergency throughout Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County and enhances Metro Government’s ability to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as provided under Tennessee state law and Metro code. “A coordinated response is the most effective response, and a declaration of emergency provides Metro Government and all our local partners with responsible but rapid resourcing and decision-making capabilities to overcome the challenge of the coronavirus,” said Mayor Cooper. Read the full release on Mayor Cooper's State of Emergency Declaration.

Frist Foundation Contributes $1 Million to COVID-19 Response Fund

The Frist Foundation has announced that it has approved a $1 million grant to Nashville's new COVID-19 Response Fund. The announcement by Nashville's largest private foundation came one day after the fund was announced by Mayor John Cooper. The quick injection of funding means the fund now has nearly $2 million to help people affected by the COVID-19 virus, both economically and medically. United Way CEO Brian Hassett has said he's planning for initial grants to go to front-line organizations, such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and NeedLink, which are skilled at providing financial support to individuals.

Metro Nashville Public Schools

MNPS Shares Digital Tools for Students, Families During Extended Break

Metro Nashville Public Schools has compiled a resource guide consisting of digital tools for students and families while schools are out and many workplaces are closed due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The resources and links in the guide, available at www.mnps.org/digitaltools, are optional. They do not affect student grades, advancement to the next grade level or graduation requirements. MNPS will update the digital tools guide regularly in the weeks ahead and provide additional resources as identified.

Utilities

Metro Public Works Update

  • All Public Works employees who are able to work from home are being asked to do so.
  • All hubNashville call center employees will be working from home until further notice.
  • The Public Works’ Right-of-Way Permits office will be closed to the public. Permits will continue to be issued via email rather than in-person.
  • Metro Convenience Centers will temporarily close to the public until further notice. Staff will be evaluating how to minimize contact with the public at all locations and will reopen as soon as possible.
  • Residents looking to replace or purchase additional trash carts should make their request through hubNashville. They will not be able to do so in person.
  • Metro Beautification is suspending its court-ordered community service program for the rest of the week, beginning March 17.
  • The Transportation Licensing Commission Office will be closed to the public until further notice. All certificates and permits for companies or drivers of Other Passenger Vehicles for Hire, the annual term of which is scheduled to expire while this office remains closed, are hereby renewed, by order of the Director, for an additional annual period subject to and conditioned upon submission of all required items including fees to this office by mail. In addition, all vehicle inspections will be postponed. Any new company or new driver applications will be accepted as soon as possible. Please contact the TLC at: tlcpublicworks@nashville.gov
  • Trash, recycling, and brush pick-up will not be impacted by these temporary changes. Additionally, most operational functions of Metro Public Works, including pothole repair, signal maintenance and roadway repairs will continue as usual. Tornado debris pick-up will continue in the coming days and weeks as well.

Metro Water Services Update

  • Metro Water Services remain fully operational, but the building’s lobby is closed until further notice.
  • Effective Wednesday, March 18, Metro Water Services, Division of Development Services, will only be available to customers through scheduled appointments. Walk-in customers applying for tornado relief damages are welcome.
  • All payment channels, except for the over-the-counter transactions, are open, including the outdoor kiosk.
  • Metro Water has suspended cut-offs and will waive late fees for the month of March. Metro Water Services customers who have found themselves experiencing financial hardship may request a payment plan for outstanding balances by calling 615-862-4600.

Nashville Electric Service Update

  • Most transactions can be completed over the phone by calling Customer Relations at 615-736-6900.
  • NES has suspended all disconnects, including disconnects for nonpayment into April. They will continue to monitor the situation to determine the exact timeframe.
  • Health and safety are NES’ top priority. NES operations will continue in its customer lobby but will be limited to only 10 customers at one time. (Lobby hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
  • NES regularly cleans and sanitizes all customer contact surfaces. Hand sanitizer is also available for customer use.
  • Bill payments and account changes can also be made online at NESPower.com.
  • Various local retailers accept NES bill payments, as well. Call Customer Relations at 615-736-6900 for a list of locations in your area.

Metro Parks and Recreation

Nashville Farmers' Market

  • The Nashville Farmers’ Market will remain closed to the general public through Friday, April 3.
  • Daily activities including restaurant service, retail stores, farmers market operations, garden center retail and services, tours, classes, workshops and special events are suspended until Friday, April 3.
  • The community is encouraged to contact merchants directly to order grocery essentials.

Public Safety

Davidson County Sheriff’s Office

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, all inmate visits, including clergy visits, will be video-only, except for attorney visits.
  • All volunteer services are suspended until further notice.
  • Eviction notices in Davidson County are suspended this week and until further notice.

Metro Nashville Police Department

  • MNPD is implementing a temporary program for alternative call response in order to minimize the potential for exposure or spread of the virus.
  • Officers will be triaging non-emergency and non-violent calls for service where the perpetrator is not present to determine whether a report can be taken via telephone instead of in-person.
  • Every caller whose report is taken by telephone will receive the incident number, the officer’s name who took the report, how to obtain a copy of the report, and any appropriate follow up telephone numbers for MNPD investigative components.

Courts and Offices

Election Commission

  • The satellite office at 800 2nd Avenue South, 4th floor will close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20 until further notice to support social distancing and minimize the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Election Commission Main Office located at 1417 Murfreesboro Pike will be open Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • For your personal health and the health of the staff, please consider reaching out at vote.questions@nashville.gov or (615) 862-8800.

Nashville Downtown Partnership

  • NDP Board of Directors March 25 meeting is cancelled.
  • NDP has adjusted administrative staffing of the office, achieving a baseline presence to continue our front-facing tasks (selling shuttle passes, etc.) while allowing for 80% of administration to telework each day.
  • The Clean and Safe programs continue to operate without disruption, as downtown remains a neighborhood in need of these services to take care of residents and businesses; ambassadors have received training and equipment to carry out their tasks safely.
  • ParkIt! Downtown shuttles remain in operation (with a 9 passenger limit), and will continue to operate as long as there is demand from the business community; drivers have received training and supplies to carry this out safely
  • The public can remain informed through social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and Downtown Details.

General Sessions Court

  • Metropolitan General Sessions Court has an abbreviated docket schedule from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Thursday, April 9, 2020 with no dockets operating on Friday, April 10, 2020 due to the holiday.
  • Only the following dockets are open:
    • Felony Jail and Review Docket (Courtroom 3A)
    • Misdemeanor Jail and Review Docket (Courtroom 3C)
      • All felony and misdemeanor jail dockets will now be set at 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
    • Domestic Violence Jail Docket and Orders of Protection ( Courtroom 4B)
      • The Domestic Violence docket will now be set at 9:05 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.
  • Emergency Psychiatric Committal Docket ( By Video with the facility from Courtroom 4C)
  • Only ten (10) persons will be allowed inside each courtroom and this includes, Judges, DA, defense lawyer, clerk, and one court officer.
  • If there are more than twenty (20) inmates on a daily docket, there will be a 12:15 p.m. and a 12:05 p.m. docket added. The inmates will be separated and only ten (10) inmates at a time will be brought up to the holding cells. The Clerk is making subpoena changes to send out to witnesses and police officers.
  • Witnesses are to separate themselves all down the public hallway and listen for their case to be called by the blue shirt security officers. The security blue shirts will ensure only ten people are inside each courtroom.
  • All witnesses will be checked in at the door and are permitted to sit in the courtroom when their case is to be heard recognizing sitting the social distance span of six (6) feet apart.
  • There will be NO family members/friends permitted to sit in the courtroom.
  • You are not permitted to approach the clerk of court. Please keep a six (6) foot distance when speaking with the clerk of the court.
  • All business must be conducted in the courtroom. This includes search warrants and judicial subpoenas.
  • No one is permitted in the private hallways behind the courtrooms unless you have been authorized to enter these private hallways.
  • There will only be jail, jail review, and Order of Protection dockets until future notice.
  • All other cases (Civil, Criminal Bond and Citation, Environmental, and Traffic previously scheduled will be continued to a future date. A determination will be made before April 9, 2020 whether to continue this abbreviated schedule.
  • Traffic School related: General Sessions Court shall allow the extension of the Traffic School compliance date for Traffic School referrals with March 3, 2020 or later. Such compliance date extension shall be to May 1, 2020. A determination will be made before May 1, 2020 whether to extend the compliance date beyond May 1.
  • For more information, visit full release on the Metro General Sessions Court Abbreviated Docket Schedule Effective Monday March 16, 2020.

e-Bid Nashville

  • The eBid Nashville warehouse is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Current online auctions for surplus property will be extended until the warehouse is open to the public.
  • Winning bidders on closed auctions will receive specific instructions via email and will be allowed ample time to pay for items when the warehouse reopens to the public.

Planning Department

  • The Planning Department will continue to serve the public to the best of their ability, but to take precautions under CDC, they will be postponing the following public meetings:
    • Dickerson North Charrette Week: March 23–March 30 at Skyway Studios
    • Old Hickory Plan Amendment 2020CP-014-001: March 23 at Old Hickory Community Center
    • Bellevue Plan Amendment 2020CP-006-001: March 24 at Bellevue YMCA
    • Downtown Code Design Review Committee: April 2

Davidson County Clerk

Out of an abundance of caution and in an attempt to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public and our staff, effective March 19, 2020, and until further notice, the Main Office and Green Hills branch of the Davidson County Clerk’s Office will be closed to the general public. Motor vehicle title and registration services will be available at the North, South, Madison and Hermitage branches. Business license and passport applications will be processed only at the Hermitage branch, while marriage and notary services will be available at the South branch only.

Complete list of operational changes for Davidson County Clerk