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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for April 1

4/1/2020
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

Safer at Home Order Extended through April 24

Mayor Cooper announced that the city will be extending the “Safer at Home” order through April 24 to further contain and combat the spread of the coronavirus in Davidson County.

The Metro Public Health Department and Office of Emergency Management, in collaboration with area healthcare providers, has created a Community Assessment System, which includes a COVID-19 Hotline and Community Assessment Centers.

Two assessment center locations are currently active and serving the public – one at Titans Stadium “Lot N” and one at Meharry Medical College at 918 21st Avenue North. A third location at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike will today, Wednesday, April 1.

Residents must first call the COVID-19 Hotline at 615-862-7777 to speak with a health care professional. If needed, the health care professional will refer residents to a Community Assessment Center. Hotline hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Community Assessment Center hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 673 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 132 cases in the past 24 hours. The confirmed cases range in age from two-months-old to 84-years-old. Health officials have confirmed the death of an 83-year-old man as the fourth person in Davidson County to have died after a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Eighteen others remain hospitalized; and 90 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 433 calls on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Total number of Cases: 673

Number of Cases confirmed today: 132

Cases by sex

  • Male: 337
  • Female: 327
  • Unknown: 9

Total Cases by age

Age Group (years) Number of Cases
Unknown 149
0-10 4
11-20 27
21-30 226
31-40 85
41-50 65
51-60 51
61-70 36
71-80 23
81+ 7
Total 673
Recovered 90
Deaths 4
Total active cases 579
  • Total number of tests administered: 6590
  • Total positive results: 673
  • Total negative results: 5917
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 10.2%

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.

Courts and Offices

General Sessions Court

The administration of the Court’s drug testing program has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. Therefore, Metropolitan General Sessions Court judges have decided to limit the administration of drug tests to no more than once per week. Any defendant who is indigent may file a motion to waive the cost and have it set on a Courtroom 3C docket.

Davidson County Chancery Court/Clerk and Master’s Office

In-person court proceedings are suspended through April 30, 2020 per Order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

General information and guidance for matters pending in Davidson County Chancery Court may be found on the Clerk and Master’s website.

The Clerk and Master’s Office is open, but in-person service is limited. Office staff are available by phone at (615) 862-5710 or via the “contact us” function on the office website.

E-filing is strongly encouraged. Facsimile filing is also available as applicable.

A drop box is available outside of the Clerk and Master’s office for filings and payments. Please call the office before leaving a payment in the drop box.

Office of Assessments

Nashville and Davidson County Assessor of Property Vivian Wilhoite has closed the Office of Assessments through Friday, May 1.

Assessor Wilhoite encourages constituents who have questions or comments about their property and property values to reach out via email at assessorweb@nashville.gov or call 615-862-6080.

Community Resources

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have suffered economic injury as a result of COVID-19 can apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million per applicant to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have otherwise been met.

Interest rates for the loans are 3.75% for small businesses and 2.75% for nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable or other bills that cannot be paid due to the disaster’s impact.

The Economic Injury Disaster Loans are administered and processed through the SBA. Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applicants may also call the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance.

More than $1.9 million in disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for Davidson County businesses and residents with losses resulting from the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding on March 3, 2020. To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, applicants should register online at DisasterAssistance.gov