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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for March 28

3/28/2020
Chris Song

Mayor John Cooper’s office issued the following announcements on Metro’s citywide coronavirus (COVID-19) 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 376 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 64 cases in the past 24 hours. The confirmed cases range in age from two months old to 84 years. Of the confirmed cases, two patients have died from complications due to the Coronavirus; 14 others remain hospitalized; and 63 people have recovered from the virus. The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms. The MPHD call center received 127 calls on 3/27/20.

Total number of Cases: 376

Number of Cases confirmed today: 64

Cases by sex

  • Male: 184
  • Female: 188
  • Unknown: 4

Total Cases by age

Age Group (years) Number of Cases
Unknown 42
0-10 3
11-20 21
21-30 148
31-40 57
41-50 39
51-60 28
61-70 21
71-80 14
81+ 3
Total 376
Recovered 63
Deaths 2
Total active cases 311
  • Total number of tests administered: 4185
  • Total positive results: 376
  • Total negative results: 3809
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 9.0%

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 (6 feet apart). Do not gather in groups larger than 10.
  • Stay at home, unless leaving your home is absolutely necessary because you have medical needs or are an essential worker.
  • 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 the T-zone of your face: your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from others in your home if you are sick.

Community Partners

Titans Make $50,000 Contribution to COVID-19 Response Fund

Text Nashville United to 41444 to Give

United Way of Greater Nashville announced today that the Tennessee Titans will grant $50,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund. The Fund, led by Mayor John Cooper and philanthropic, corporate and government partners, is working to quickly address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations to make sure individuals and families receive the assistance they need to meet their basic needs during this difficult time.

The Fund currently has $2.4 million, thanks to generous founding gifts from the Frist Foundation, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and Music City Center, but much more is needed.

United Way of Greater Nashville is imploring anyone who can help to contribute. One hundred percent of these funds will go to nonprofits and will, in turn, go directly to help individuals impacted by wage loss because of COVID-19.

The first round of grants was distributed to six community-based organizations that are working directly with individuals: The Salvation Army, NeedLink Nashville, Catholic Charities, Martha O’Bryan Center, Conexión Américas and Rooftop Nashville. The committee is currently reviewing applications and will continue to push funds out to the community as quickly and efficiently as possible.

The Titans COVID-19 Response Fund gift comes on the heels of Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk’s $1,000,000 gift to the Community Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund of Middle Tennessee which is supporting the area’s tornado relief efforts.

To contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit nashvilleresponsefund.com or text NashvilleUnited to 41444. As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at nashvilleresponsefund.com.

Utilities

Metro Water Services

Metro Water Services Development Services, 800 2nd Ave. S, will operate by appointment only from 8 a.m.-Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Review fee appointments should be scheduled by contacting your plan review engineer or emailing mws.eplansrev@nashville.gov

For convenience and safety, payments can be made by check or credit card. To pay by check or credit card, please call 615-862-4084 for permits related payments; for design fees, contact your Water Services plan review engineer. Please make sure paperwork is complete (including applicable approvals) prior to scheduling an appointment.

To schedule an appointment to pay capacity fees and any other development related fees please email MWS.DS@nashville.gov

When emailing to schedule a payment appointment, please place PAYMENT in the subject line and include the permit number.

Email confirmation will be sent upon approval of emailed meter submissions.

Anyone needing help with any other topics will be directed to send questions to MWS.DS@nashville.gov

Nashville Electric Services

Through May 31, commercial customers will not receive a minimum demand charge on their bill. Demand charges will be based on measured demand. For more information on minimum demand, please see Nashville Electric Services commercial rate schedules.

Courts and Offices

Metro Emissions Testing Facilities

Metro Emissions Testing Facilities will be closed indefinitely.

Emissions inspections will be waived through May 18.

Registration renewal can be conducted online without an emissions test at www.nashvilleclerk.com.

Metro Action Commission

Metro Action is remaining open, but has ended face-to-face service on Monday, March 30. Customers will have access to a drop box for all applications and supporting documentation.

Applications will be available for pick up at the drop box in the agency’s lobby. Customers may also mail their information to Metro Action by downloading the application from the agency’s website (www.nashville.gov/mac). Applications can be sent by mail or drop inside the on-site drop box.

Applications must include the requested supporting documentation. The complete listing of required documentation is on the agency’s webpage and payments are made directly to the business.

All programs require income eligibility based on the federal poverty income guidelines. For example, a family of three with an income at or below $31,995 would be eligible. For a complete list of income eligibility requirements, applicants should visit the Metro Action website (www.nashville.gov/mac).

In addition to income eligibility, applicants are served once during the current application period, which began October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. However, if someone has been assisted, but has been impacted by the tornado or COVID 19, they are still urged to contact Metro Action.

For more information, please call 615-862-8860, Ext. 70100 or e-mail us at metro.action@nashville.gov.

Transportation

WeGo Transit

Starting Monday, March 30, WeGo Public Transit will begin operating a modified service plan until further notice.

The new plan, best described as a Saturday Plus scenario, reduces service on most routes to the level of normal Saturday service, plus supplemental service on select routes to accommodate downtown Nashville commuters on regional bus and train service.

Local Bus:

  • Most routes will operate on its Saturday schedule during the week. The following routes will not operate until further notice:
    • 24 Bellevue
    • 35 Rivergate
    • 38 Antioch
    • 41 Golden Valley
    • 43 Hickory Hills
    • 73 Bell Road
  • Some routes will have an extra morning trip added prior to 6:00 a.m. to accommodate those using transit for work that wouldn’t otherwise be served by the Saturday schedule.
  • Service on the weekends will run as normal.

Access:

  • WeGo Access will operate on a modified Saturday schedule, with service beginning at 5:00 a.m. and ending at 11:00 p.m.
  • Access on Demand will continue to operate as normal.

Regional Bus:

  • Regional buses except for those serving Rutherford County will operate on a modified schedule, with reduced trips in the mornings and afternoons.
  • The 84 Murfreesboro and 86 Smyrna/LaVergne will not operate until further notice. Those traveling from Rutherford County are encouraged to take the 96 Nashville/Murfreesboro, which will operate on a modified weekday schedule.

Star + Shuttles:

  • The Star will operate on a reduced schedule, with the third inbound/outbound trip of the morning cancelled and the third inbound/outbound trip of the afternoon cancelled. All other trips will run as scheduled.
  • The 64 Star Downtown Shuttle will not operate until further notice.
  • The 93 West End Shuttle trips will align with the new train schedule, with the third morning trip and third afternoon trip cancelled.

For more information and a full route schedule, visit WeGoTransit.com.

Community Resources

COVID-19 Screening Tool

Apple, in partnership with the CDC, FEMA, and The White House, has launched a COVID-19 screening tool that will help users determine what steps they should take, including testing.

You can access the tool on Metro’s response website, covid19.nashville.gov.

Emergency Cash Assistance

Apply for Emergency Cash Assistance

The Emergency Cash Assistance provides two monthly cash payments to families that were employed as of March 11, 2020 and have lost a job or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency. This money is funded by the Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families program and provides:

  • $500 for a household of 1 to 2 persons.
  • $750 for a household of 3 to 4 persons.
  • $1000 for a household with 5 or more persons.

This assistance is available in addition to any unemployment benefits individuals in the family may be receiving.

To be eligible, families must have been employed as of March 11, 2020 but have since then lost` employment or at least 50% of their earned income due to the COVID-19 emergency, include a child under the age of 18 or a pregnant woman, have a valid Social Security Number, must not have resources exceeding $2,000, and the gross and/or unearned monthly income may not exceed 85% of the State’s
Median Income that’s currently:

  • Gross Monthly Income of $2,696 for a household of one.
  • Gross Monthly Income of $3,526 for a household of two.
  • Gross Monthly Income of $4,356 for a household of three.
  • Gross Monthly Income of $5,185 for a household of four.
  • Gross Monthly Income of $6,015 for a household of five.

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is a federal workforce development and employment program emphasizing work, training, and personal responsibility. It is temporary and has a primary focus on gaining self-sufficiency through employment. Existing TANF customers receiving Families First benefits will be eligible to apply for this emergency cash assistance.