DAILY METRO COVID19 PRESS UPDATE FOR 04/08/20
Contact Name: Chris Song
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 8, 2020
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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 1,140 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 65 cases in the past 24 hours. The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 87 years.
Health officials have confirmed three additional COVID-19 related deaths. The deaths occurred in a 48-year old man, a 74-year old man, and a 75-year old man. There have been a total of twelve (12) deaths in Davidson County.
Forty-five (45) individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain hospitalized, and 160 individuals have recovered from the virus. The remaining cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 286 calls on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Total number of Cases: 1,140
Number of Cases confirmed today: 65
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
|Total active cases||968|
|Total number of tests administered||Total positive results||Total negative results||Positive results as percentage of total|
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.
METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Friday, April 10th is the spring holiday for Metro Schools. There will be no food distribution Friday, however, Thursday food distribution will include two breakfasts and lunches per child.
Food distribution sites and bus delivery routes are available on the MNPS website at https://www.mnps.org/covid19. Food is available to any child under 18 regardless of school status, but they must be present to receive food.
In order to ensure continued public health and safety while riding transit in Nashville, WeGo Public Transit, in collaboration with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235, is empowering bus drivers to take control of operating procedures to better maintain social distancing. These discretionary measures taken by bus operators could include maintaining space between passengers onboard the bus, queue management and guidance, and altering boarding activities when conditions allow.
Other measures taken to improve safety while riding transit as COVID-19 continues to be present in our communities are:
- Distributing face masks and gloves to all bus operators and maintenance personnel to wear during their shifts.
- Displaying signage to encourage customers to wear face masks onboard transit vehicles if they have a mask.
- Stationing staff at WeGo Central to jump aboard buses in between trips to disinfect high-touch surfaces before the next passengers board.
- Continued messaging to customers to only ride transit when absolutely necessary.
For more information and a full route schedule, visit WeGoTransit.com.
United Way COVID-19 Response Fund
United Way of Greater Nashville announced that the COVID-19 Response Fund deployed its second round of funding totaling $520,000 to 27 local nonprofit organizations that are helping individuals and families impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.
The COVID-19 Response Fund is housed at United Way of Greater Nashville, in partnership with Mayor John Cooper’s office and local corporate and philanthropic partners. The Fund is working to quickly address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations in need of funds to meet the immediate needs of individuals affected by the crisis. One hundred percent of the Fund goes to nonprofits to help individuals impacted by COVID-19 and agencies that need organizational support.
The Fund has raised just over $3.6 million, thanks to generous gifts from local foundations, corporations and community members; still much more is needed to meet the growing needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To meet the immediate needs of those experiencing job or wage loss, United Way distributed an initial $300,000 to six community-based organizations that are working directly with individuals: The Salvation Army, NeedLink Nashville, Catholic Charities, Martha O’Bryan Center, Conexión Américas and Rooftop Nashville. The Response Committee will continue to review applications and distribute funds on a rolling basis.
To contribute to the COVID-19 Response Fund, visit nashvilleresponsefund.com or text NashvilleUnited to 41444. As funds are distributed, United Way will publish the receiving agencies, along with the help they can provide and contact information, at nashvilleresponsefund.com. Individuals and families looking for help can visit nashvilleresponsefund.com/individuals to find information on resources available and services provided by agencies that have received grants from the Fund.
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