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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for April 24

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.

Roadmap for Reopening Nashville

Social distancing has slowed the rate at which COVID-19 is spreading in Tennessee. In Nashville and perhaps in certain other parts of the state, the rate of transmission has fallen to the point where the number of new cases may no longer be growing. However, the threat of a return to exponential increases remains.

Epidemiologists and infectious disease experts agree that in the absence of strict social distancing, Tennessee’s numbers would once again surge. It’s estimated that a single infected person circulating freely could infect more than 4,000 people over the course of a month. COVID-19 will continue to be a serious threat until there is an effective vaccine or more effective therapeutic treatments. Experts estimate that we will not have a COVID-19 vaccine until 2021 at the earliest. For the foreseeable future, living with COVID-19 is our new “normal.”

In collaboration with health, business and community partners, Mayor John Cooper has developed a four-phase reopening plan that reflects the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee and the distinctive needs of Nashville.

Metro Public Health Department

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 2,176 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 32 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years.

A total of twenty-two (22) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 1,111 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 276 calls on Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Total number of cases: 2,176

Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 32

Cases by sex

  • Male: 1,009
  • Female: 982
  • Unknown: 185

Total Cases by age

Age Group (years) Number of Cases
Unknown 32
0-10 43
11-20 134
21-30 619
31-40 427
41-50 331
51-60 287
61-70 178
71-80 89
81+ 36
Total 2,176
Recovered 1,111
Deaths 22
Total active cases 1,043
  • Total number of tests administered: 20,890
  • Total positive results: 2,176
  • Total negative results: 18,714
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 10.4%

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.