DAILY METRO COVID19 PRESS UPDATE FOR 04/16/20
Contact Name: Chris Song
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 16, 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 1560 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 68 in the past 24 hours.
The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 94 years.
An additional death was reported in Davidson County, a 70-year-old man with underlying health conditions.
A total of eighteen (18) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Seventy (70) Davidson County residents who had confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been hospitalized in Davidson County facilities. 677 individuals have recovered from the virus. The large number of newly recovered cases is a result of updated data reporting procedures. The remaining cases are self-isolating at home with mild and manageable symptoms.
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 257 calls on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.
Total number of cases: 1,560
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 68
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
|Total active cases||865|
|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 (MNPS)
Metro Nashville Public Schools will be implementing a strategic framework for better serving students while facilities remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
Starting this week and next, MNPS district leadership will be working with principals and staff to strengthen expectations and accountability measures for teachers and students so that every child has access to a high-quality education that will prepare them for the next school year. This will include professional development and support for teachers and staff on best practices in working remotely with their students to serve, support, and strengthen their lives.
Beginning April 27, families can expect to see stronger engagement and a more structured learning environment across all district-run schools. This enhanced learning environment will not include required graded materials or attendance that counts towards a student’s record, but it will involve more accountability and tracking of student outcomes in the interest of developing personalized plans for the success for each student.
To learn more, click here.
Last month, Metro created a food security working group to address the needs of our community, focusing on schools and families, community distribution points, direct to home food delivery, and serving the homeless. The starting group included representatives of the Mayor’s Office, MNPS, Second Harvest Food Bank, the Red Cross, Kroger, Lyft, Amazon, and local restaurant leaders such as Chef Sean Brock.
METRO Food Security Updates:
- Schools and Families: MNPS is now providing breakfasts and lunches at 15 schools across the county, as well as eight bus routes. The latest numbers show that MNPS has served nearly 6,000 families, distributed 8,700 food boxes and 3,600 food bags.
- Food Distribution Sites: Food Distribution Sites are located at Antioch High School, Glencliff, Hillwood, McGavock, Haywood Elementary, Camp Wijiwagon, Hartman Community Center, Hermitage Community Center, Madison Community Center, and Looby Community Center. These combined efforts will provide food to an estimated 2,050 households each week.
- Direct to Home Food Delivery: Amazon has agreed to begin providing direct-to-home food delivery to our most vulnerable residents. Starting this week, Amazon has begun to deliver meals to MNPS and Conexion Americas families who cannot access school or community distribution points. Amazon is piloting the program with 60 meals and it has offered to deliver many times that number if the need arises – up to 2,000 food delivery runs a day.
- Serving the Homeless: Second Harvest is partnering with Sodexho/HCA to feed approximately 250 individuals at the Nashville Fairgrounds. The Mike Curb Foundation has provided Chick-fil-A dinners for the remainder of the month of April. Through these partnerships, we are collectively providing three meals a day, seven days a week. The Food Security Working Group is also providing shelf-stable boxes to Social Service’s Homeless Impact Division, for distribution to their community partners who are serving our homeless residents.
To learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank and its partnership with the city of Nashville, click here.
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