DAILY METRO COVID19 PRESS UPDATE FOR 03/26/20
Contact Name: Chris Song
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 26, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor John Cooper’s office issued the following announcements on Metro’s citywide coronavirus (COVID-19) monitoring and response efforts in coordination with area hospitals, healthcare providers, and other community partners:
Launch of MPHD COVID-19 Hotline
Metro Public Health Department officials on Wednesday launched a COVID-19 telephone hotline with nurses and other public health professionals available to answer questions, provide the latest information about COVID-19, and assist Davidson County residents with the assessment process. MPHD has received a total of 136 calls, with no hold time for a vast majority of callers.
The hotline, which has as many as 15 call takers, can be reached by dialing 615-862-7777, and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Interpretation services will be available in Spanish and Arabic, among other languages.
METRO PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 293 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 36 cases in the past 24 hours. Of the confirmed cases, one patient has died from complications due to the coronavirus. Twelve (12) others remain hospitalized. Fifty-two (52) people have recovered from the virus. The remaining 228 cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms. The youngest is a two-month old and the oldest is 94 years old.
Total number of Cases: 293
Number of Cases confirmed today: 36
Age Range: 2 months – 94 years old
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|Positive Tests||Total Tests||% of positives|
NOTE: The age range from youngest to oldest has changed. Today, MPHD confirmed a 2-month-old has tested positive for the virus. An MPHD investigator made contact with the family of the child and has been told that the child is experiencing mild symptoms. The oldest individual with coronavirus in Davidson County is a 94-year-old.
Above are two different totals: 293, the number located at the top of the chart, and 284, the number indicated in the green box. The larger number (293) is the total number of cases that MPHD has been notified of by both physicians’ offices and labs. The total in the green box (284) represents lab reports only. Results from physicians’ offices are typically reported more quickly than lab results.
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.
Nashville Chamber of Commerce Launches #BeAGoodNeighbor Campaign
The Nashville Chamber of Commerce has launched the #BeAGoodNeighbor campaign to promote local businesses with modified operations during the COVID-19 outbreak. To start, they’ve asked the community to fill out a short survey on how the Chamber of Commerce can support local businesses in the upcoming weeks.
Also, if you do order to-go or shop online supporting a local business during the Safer at Home Order, share on social media using #BeAGoodNeighbor! We want to not only share information gathered from businesses, but also show how the community is coming together during these difficult times.
Parking lot pick-up: Introducing NFM’S Drive-Thru Service
The Nashville Farmers’ Market looked a little different than usual this past weekend as it was closed due to COVID-19 guidelines. Instead of Farm Sheds full of farmers, artisans and shoppers, customers were pre-ordering their produce and picking it up at the Market without having to exit their vehicles as part of the Market’s newly adopted drive-thru service.
While the Market itself will remain closed to the public, the drive-thru market will operate this Saturday, March 28 and continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot. After pre-ordering via phone or email, patrons simply enter the drive-thru from the 900 Rosa L Parks entrance and wait their turn for a pick-up slot in the main parking lot. Market staff will be on hand for individuals who need special assistance.
Metro Launches Food Security Working Group
Mayor John Cooper’s office announced the creation of a Food Security working group. Nancy Keil, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, will chair the working group, which includes representatives from Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), the Red Cross, Kroger, Amazon, Lyft and restaurant industry leaders, such as Sean Brock.
“The vital work of Second Harvest and its hundreds of community partners is more important now than it has ever been,” said Mayor John Cooper. “We need to take care of families in need, ensure that children who are out of school have access to healthy and nutritious meals, and find creative ways to put restaurant and hospitality workers back to work. Nashville is fortunate to be able to call on such a distinguished group during this challenging time.”
Food Security working group members:
- David Alperson, Director of Logistics, Amazon
- Sean Brock, Author, Chef and Owner of Audrey/Joyland
- Melissa Eads, Corporate Affairs Manager, Kroger
- Brenda Haywood, Deputy Mayor, Metro Nashville
- Nancy Keil, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee
- Alison McArthur, Director of Community Achieves, MNPS
- Sam Nadler, Regional Director, Lyft
- Joel Sullivan, President, American Red Cross
“I want to thank Mayor Cooper for convening this group and thank our community and corporate partners for coming together to address this urgent need,” said Nancy Keil of Second Harvest. “It’s going to take the collective work of this team and others to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have access to food.”
“Every day at MNPS we’re committed to doing our part to meet the nutritional needs of students and families through our school nutrition and Community Achieves programs,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools. “The needs of the community and our MNPS families have never been greater than they are today, and we greatly appreciate the coordinated effort being put in place by Mayor Cooper to ensure that nobody goes without food during this crisis.”
Food Security working group meetings begin later this week. Details on Nashville’s response to Covid-19 can be found at https://www.asafenashville.org/. Details on MNPS’s response to the Covid-19 can be found at https://www.mnps.org/covid19.
Updates to MNPS Student Meal Service
Metro Nashville Public Schools have updated its bus routes and school pickup locations for breakfast and lunch meal delivery for children under the age of 18 in Nashville. Children do not have to be students at MNPS or provide documentation, but they do need to be present in order to collect the meals.
Details for all locations can be found on the map at https://www.mnps.org/covid19
In addition to the 15 school locations previously announced, MNPS will be delivering food from Joelton Middle School at 3500 Old Clarksville Highway from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on weekdays while schools are closed.
Timing for nearly all locations has been adjusted based on real-time data collected over the first three days of meal distribution, in addition to newly added locations to existing bus distribution routes.
The following locations have been added to the routes:
- Warrior Road & Mallow Drive, Nashville, TN 37115
- 5515 Scruggs Lane, Nashville, TN 37207
- 2400 Buena Vista Pike, Nashville, TN 37218
- 15180 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville, TN 32711
- Hickoryview Drive & Hickory Plaza, Nashville, TN 37211
- Warner Elementary, 626 Russell St, Nashville, TN 37206
- Robert Churchwell Elementary, 1625 Dr DB Todd Jr Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
One drop-off location, Murfreesboro Pike and Millwood Drive, was removed due to overlap with the Metro Action Commission.
Nearly 7,000 meals were provided to students on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The meals are provided through the Seamless Summer Options (SSO) federally funded program. The meals are prepared in three preparation kitchens at Overton High, Cane Ridge High, and Haynes Middle School by MNPS nutrition services staff and delivered at school locations and through the transportation division at stops around the city. Locations were chosen based on federal guidelines for neighborhoods or schools with more than 50 percent of students identified as economically disadvantaged. Meals will continue to be offered every weekday that school facilities are closed.
Listing of all 16 school locations offering breakfast and lunch meal service from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
- Apollo Middle School: 631 Richards Rd, Antioch, TN 37013
- Buena Vista Elementary School: 1531 9th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
- Cole Elementary School: 5060 Colemont Dr, Antioch, TN 37013
- DuPont Elementary School: 1311 9th St, Old Hickory, TN 37138
- Glencliff High School: 160 Antioch Pike, Nashville, TN 37211
- H.G. Hill Middle School: 150 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205
- I.T. Creswell Middle School: 3500 John Mallette Dr, Nashville, TN 37218
- Joelton Middle School: 3500 Old Clarksville Highway, Joelton, TN 37080
- Lakeview Elementary School: 455 Rural Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37217
- Madison Middle School: 300 W Old Hickory Blvd, Madison, TN 37115
- McKissack Middle School: 915 38th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209
- Napier Elementary School: 67 Fairfield Ave, Nashville, TN 37210
- Rose Park Middle School: 1025 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
- Shwab Elementary School: 1500 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207
- Stratford STEM Magnet High School: 1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN 37216
- Two Rivers Middle School: 2991 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
PARKS & RECREATION
- All Metro Parks facilities and offices will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, April 6.
- Playgrounds, dog parks, basketball courts, tennis courts, picnic shelters, and skate parks will be closed until further notice. Parks, greenways, trails and golf courses remain open. Anyone utilizing a park, greenway, golf course, or trail is expected to follow the CDC social distancing protocol.
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