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Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for May 12

5/12/2020
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 officials announced today a total number of 3,785 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 86 in the past 24 hours.

The confirmed cases range in age from 1 month to 99 years.

Two additional deaths were reported in Davidson County – an 86-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man, both had underlying health conditions.

A total of thirty-seven (37) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 2,284 individuals have recovered from the virus.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 264 calls on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Total number of cases: 3,785

Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 86

Cases by sex

  • Male: 1,944
  • Female: 1,666
  • Unknown: 175

Total Cases by age

Age Group (years) Number of Cases
Unknown 183
0-10 97
11-20 270
21-30 917
31-40 724
41-50 565
51-60 493
61-70 317
71-80 144
81+ 75
Total 3,785
Recovered 2,284
Deaths 37
Total active cases 1,464
  • Total number of tests administered: 38,617
  • Total positive results: 3,785
  • Total negative results: 34,862
  • Positive results as percentage of total: 9.8%

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.

Dr. Michael Caldwell, Chief Medical Director of Health Revises Public Health Order 4:

Requires Employees to Wear Facial Coverings

Metro Public Health Department Director Dr. Michael Caldwell has revised Public Health Order 4 to require all employees who interact with the public, or who cannot maintain a safe social distance from their co-workers, to wear a face covering or mask.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cloth masks are helpful in limiting the spread of the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19, especially for those who are infected with virus but do not exhibit symptoms.

Public Health Order 4 directs businesses and facilities that are open to the public to place signage at all entrances, asking the public to wear a cloth facial covering. Exact wording for the signage is included in the order. All those who can safely wear a mask should be encouraged to do so by those operating the business or facility.

The Public Health Order also instructs people in public to wear cloth face coverings or masks. These masks should cover the mouth and nose of the wearer when in public settings. All people who can safely wear a facial covering are instructed to do so when in public settings. Children younger than two years old should not wear a facial covering, nor should others of any age for whom wearing a mask would be contrary to the health or safety of the wearer.

N95 respirators and surgical masks should be reserved for healthcare workers or other medical first responders, as recommended by the CDC. Recommended cloth facial coverings can be made from common household materials at no or limited cost.

The Metro Public Health Department will use all available enforcement options to ensure compliance with the Order. Enforcement is being carried out through the joint efforts of MPHD, the Metro Nashville Police Department and Metro Parks and Recreation.

The revised Public Health Order 4 took affect today at 12:01 a.m. CST and will remain in effect through 11:59 p.m. on May 31, unless otherwise extended.

For more information visit COVID19.nashville.gov.