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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for April 9

4/9/2020
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.

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department is unable to provide an update on confirmed COVID-19 cases in Davidson County this morning because of a technical problem with the National Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NEDSS) Base System (NBS), which is used by the State of Tennessee and local health departments within the state to manage reportable disease data and send notifiable disease data to Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The Tennessee Department of Health is investigating the issue. This reporting problem affects every health department across Tennessee.

Health officials have confirmed one additional COVID-19 related death, a 73-year-old man. There have been a total of thirteen (13) deaths related to COVID-19 in Davidson County.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 238 calls on Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

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 of distance from others). Do not gather in groups larger than 10.
  • Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These settings include grocery stores and pharmacies. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
  • 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Stay away from others in your home if you are sick.

Utilities

Metro Public Works

Beginning Saturday, April 11, the Metro Convenience Centers will begin operating on Saturdays only from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Additionally, they will now be accepting up to five (5) bags of household trash.

Courts And Offices

Codes Department

The Codes Department encourages applicants to make all payments remotely. Email codespermitpay@nashville.gov with your name and permit number to arrange a payment.

General Sessions – Civil Court Clerk’s Office

Pursuant to Supreme Court Order ADM2020-00428 and in light of ongoing concerns, The Tennessee Supreme Court hereby continues suspension of in-person court proceeding through April 30, 2020.

Exceptions for our offices include:

  • Emergency Committals
  • Judicial Committals
  • Order of Protection Dockets

The offices of the General Sessions – Civil Clerk’s Office will remain open on a limited basis. We will be here to serve; however, minimal employees will be on-site and person-to-person interaction will be limited. In addition, we will be available by phone, email, and e-filing. Our office is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A drop box will be available soon outside of the office for filings and payments. Please call our office at 615-862-5195 before leaving payments. Payments may also be made online at our website.

Circuit Court Clerk/General Sessions Payments Online

Please go to our website for any updates relating to this situation.

Circuit Court Clerk/General Sessions COVID-19 Updates

We received notice that the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is immediately suspending the service of all civil process documents. For exceptions and more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Circuit Court Clerk’s Office

Pursuant to Supreme Court Order ADM2020-00428 and in light of ongoing concerns, the Tennessee Supreme Court hereby continues the suspension of in-person court proceeding through April 30, 2020.

Exceptions for our offices include:

  • Emergency Committals
  • Judicial Committals
  • Order of Protection Dockets

The offices of the Circuit Court Clerk will remain open on a limited basis. We will be here to serve; however, minimal employees will be on-site and person-to-person interaction will be limited. In addition, we will be available by phone, email, and e-filing. Our office is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

A drop box is available outside of the office for filings and payments. Please call our office at 615-862-5181 before leaving payments.

Please go to the Circuit Court Clerk's website for any updates relating to this situation.

We received notice that the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is immediately suspending the service of all civil process documents. For exceptions and more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Probate Court Clerk’s Office

Pursuant to Supreme Court Order ADM2020-00428 and in light of ongoing concerns, the Tennessee Supreme Court hereby continues the suspension of in-person court proceeding through April 30, 2020.

Exceptions for our offices include:

  • Emergency Committals
  • Judicial Committals
  • Order of Protection Dockets

The offices of the Probate Court Clerk will remain open on a limited basis. We will be here to serve; however, minimal employees will be on-site and person-to-person interaction will be limited. In addition, we will be available by phone, email, and e-filing.

Probate E-filing will still be accessible during this suspension. Drop boxes will be available outside of each office to limit interactions.

The main office number is 615-862-5980. Our office is staffed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We received notice that the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is immediately suspending the service of all civil process documents. For exceptions and more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Our Probate Judge Randy Kennedy has put down specific orders and directives for attorneys and litigants practicing in our Probate Court. There are also specifics about the handling of the emergency committals by Judge McClendon. Please go to the Circuit Court Clerk/Probate website for those specifics. Additionally, any new updates will be posted on our website so please check back frequently.

Traffic Violation Bureau

Pursuant to Supreme Court Order ADM2020-00428 and in light of ongoing concerns, the Tennessee Supreme Court hereby continues the suspension of in-person court proceeding through April 30, 2020.

The Traffic Violation Bureau will remain open on a limited basis. We will be here to serve; however, minimal employees will be on-site and person-to-person interaction will be limited. The safety and health of the public and our employees is of the utmost importance during this time. See specifics below.

There will be no reporting to the Department of Safety and all future compliance dates have been suspended until further notice.

A drop box will be available outside of the office for payments and/or request of court dates. Payments may be made online at our website http://paytraffic.nashville.gov.

Additionally, any new updates will be posted on our website so please check back frequently if this information pertains to you. Circuit Court Clerk/Traffic Court website

We received notice that the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is immediately suspending the service of all civil process documents. For exceptions and more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Department.

Community Resources

Federal Grant Allows Families with Higher Incomes to Qualify for Help with Utility Payments

More Davidson County residents may qualify for help with utility payments due to the COVID-19 National Emergency.

The Metropolitan Action Commission was given approval to increase the allowable income limits in order to qualify more families for assistance with their utility payments. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides one-time assistance to cover the cost of utility payments.

To apply for help, Davidson County residents should complete an application available on the agency’s webpage (www.nashville.gov/mac) or at their drop box location at their main office (800 2nd Avenue North, 37201). Customers may also call the office (615-862-8860, ext. 70100) to request an application to be sent by mail or request by e-mail (maccustomer@nashville.gov).