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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update For March 31

3/31/2020
Chris Song

Mayor John Cooper’s office issued the following announcements regarding Metro’s citywide coronavirus (COVID-19) monitoring and response efforts in coordination with area hospitals, healthcare providers, medical colleges, and other community partners.

COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Task Force Launches Community Assessment System

The Metro COVID-19 Task Force, in partnership with area health care systems and medical colleges, launched the COVID-19 Community Assessment System on Monday, March 30.

The Community Assessment System includes the COVID-19 Hotline, which residents must first call to receive an initial assessment by a public health professional. Callers can also access recorded messages, which offer the latest information about COVID-19 and details about the Safer at Home Order. The Hotline number is 615-862-7777 and operates from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week in both Spanish and English.

If determined necessary during their COVID-19 Hotline assessment, residents will then be directed to visit a COVID-19 Community Assessment Center where they will be further screened and, if required, tested.

As part of the launch, the Task Force opened two of three Community Assessment Centers on Monday at Nissan Stadium and Meharry Medical College; a third location will open on Wednesday, April 1 at the former Kmart in Antioch. All three centers will operate Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

The centers are located at:

  • Nissan Stadium (Opened March 30) Lot “N”, 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
  • Meharry Medical College (Opened March 30), 918 21st Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
  • Former Kmart (Opening April 1), 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 541 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 98 cases in the past 24 hours. The confirmed cases range in age from two-months-old to 84-years-old. Three people have died after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; 14 others remain hospitalized; and 80 people have recovered from the virus. The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 492 calls on Monday, March 30, 2020.

Total number of Cases: 541

Number of Cases confirmed today: 98

Cases by sex

  • Male: 260
  • Female: 275
  • Unknown: 6

Total Cases by age

Age Group (years) Number of Cases
Unknown 74
0-10 4
11-20 26
21-30 198
31-40 78
41-50 61
51-60 46
61-70 30
71-80 21
81+ 3
Total 541
Recovered 80
Deaths 3
Total active cases 458
  • Total number of tests administered: 5551
  • Total positive results: 541
  • Total negative results: 5010
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 9.7%

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.

Utilities

Nashville Electric Services

Through May 31, general power commercial customers (large commercial time of use specialty rates excluded) 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 our commercial rate schedules. In addition, NES will offer advice to help customers manage their energy demand when they are preparing to reopen to minimize the potential impact on their bill.

Courts and Offices

Board of Zoning Appeals

The April 2, 2020 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting will proceed by telephone.

We strongly encourage anyone with comments for the board’s consideration to submit them electronically via bza@nashville.gov. Comments received by 12 noon Wednesday will be provided to the board members before the meeting. Comments received after that will be read into the record.

If anyone is unable to communicate electronically, a station will be open at the Sonny West Conference Room for comments to be made via telephone.

Education

Metro Nashville Public Schools Updates

Learning Opportunities

As Dr. Adrienne Battle announced on Thursday, Metro Schools will be providing distance learning materials in grade-/age-appropriate packets at MNPS-run student meal distribution sites, including 16 schools and more than 40 bus stop locations, beginning on Monday, March 30, and continuing every Monday while school facilities are closed. These materials will also be online at https://www.mnps.org/printables for students, parents, and teachers to download and use.

In partnership with MNPS, Nashville Public Television (channel 8) will begin airing educational enrichment programming targeted at all student age groups starting Monday, March 30. Read the full story: NPT partners with MNPS and TN Dept. of Ed for ‘At Home Learning’

This week, district officials will be working with high school principals and staff to distribute MNPS-networked laptops to students who need them for credit recovery programs in order to graduate on time at the end of the 2019-20 school year in May. Principals and school staff will be contacting students and families identified as being in need, and there will be a hotline for reservations open starting on Tuesday, March 31, at 615-269-5956.

Breakfast and Lunch Meals

MNPS nutrition services and transportation teams were able to provide more than 22,000 breakfast and lunch meals across Davidson County last week and will continue to offer service on weekdays while school facilities are closed. Locations and times can be found online at www.mnps.org/covid19

In addition to the previously announced meal pickup locations, YMCA and Camp Widjiwagan will be providing meals to children under 18 at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays:

  • Camp Widjiwagan, 3088 Smith Springs Rd., Antioch, TN 37013
  • Donelson Middle School, 110 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
  • Margaret Maddox YMCA, 2624 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216