Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for April 17
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.
Update from the Mayor’s Office
Nashville and Davidson County Mayor John Cooper, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, and Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today announced the formation of the Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force to plan and coordinate the restoration of business activity currently suspended due to COVID-19.
The Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force is composed of business leaders and health care professionals appointed jointly by each metro area’s city and county mayors. Task Force appointees were vetted with and agreed to by the County Mayors in each metropolitan area — Mayors Lee Harris (Shelby County), Glenn Jacobs (Knox County), and Jim Coppinger (Hamilton County.) Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has begun a process for planning the reopening of Tennessee’s economy, and this Task Force intends to further link communities together in a coordinated response.
Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force Members from Nashville:
- Dr. James Hildreth, Meharry Medical College
- Laura Hollingsworth, Ryman Hospitality
- Dr. Alex Jahangir, Head of Metro Coronavirus Task Force
- Rob McCabe, Pinnacle Financial Partners and Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Learn more about Economic Restart Task Force
Metro Public Health Department
Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 1597 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 37 in the past 24 hours.
The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 94 years.
Two additional deaths were reported in Davidson County – a 71-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man, both of whom had underlying health conditions.
A total of twenty (20) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 825 individuals have recovered from the virus.
The Metro Public Health Department COVID-19 Hotline received 265 calls on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Total number of cases: 1,597
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 37
Cases by sex
- Male: 754
- Female: 749
- Unknown: 94
Total Cases by age
|Age Group (years)
||Number of Cases
|Total active cases
- Total number of tests administered: 16,067
- Total positive results: 1,597
- Total negative results: 14,470
- Positive results as percentage of total: 9.9%
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.