DAILY METRO COVID19 PRESS UPDATE FOR 04/30/20
Contact Name: Chris Song
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: April 30, 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 2,669 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 57 in the past 24 hours.
The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years.
An additional death was reported in Davidson County, a 68-year-old man. MPHD is waiting on the medical record to determine if there were underlying health conditions.
A total of twenty-five (25) people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 1,411 individuals have recovered from the virus.
The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 319 calls on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.
Total number of cases: 2,669
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 57
Cases by sex
Total Cases by age
|Total active cases||1,233|
|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.
The State Trial courts and General Sessions courts will be re-opening to conduct in-person court proceedings beginning mid-May, as recently allowed by the Tennessee Supreme Court. Courthouse personnel in the Historic Metro Courthouse and in the Birch Building will restrict access only to those wearing masks and/or facial coverings. For litigants who do not have these supplies, they will be provided. Litigants cannot simply be turned away because many are appearing under penalty of law (subpoena, summons, etc.) Temperature screenings will also be conducted. Courts will excuse those with temperatures exceeding 100.4 from appearance obligations and continue hearings to a later date.
The State Trial Court office asked that the Mayor’s Office be made aware of these plans and policies. Questions can be directed to Tim Townsend at TimTownsend@jis.nashville.org or (615) 880-2569 or (615) 887-1367.
Metro Hazard Bonus Payment Proposal – COVID-19
The global pandemic created by the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has posed a serious threat to the safety and security of all citizens including those in Nashville and Davidson County. Because of the services provided by the Metropolitan Government necessary for the health and safety of our community, certain employees job duties require essential, front-line, direct-service roles in preparing, preventing, or responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. As a result, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County is proposing a hazard pay bonus payment for employees who meet the criteria for reimbursement under the federally approved CARES Act, whose primary job functions require front-line, direct-service roles necessary for the health and safety of our city and county, and are necessary to prepare for, prevent, or respond to public health emergency with respect to COVID-19.
The Metropolitan Government is only able to offer this hazard bonus payment as a result of the reimbursement afforded under the CARES Act. The CARES Act outlines the eligibility as to whom is eligible for this reimbursement and the Metropolitan Government will offer this hazard payment to those that meet the criteria under the CARES Act. As a result, no additional modification to this proposal can be considered.
In order to meet the requirements necessary for reimbursement under the CARES Act, the following criteria and guidance will be used in order to determine which employees qualify for the hazard payment bonus. The qualified employee’s primary job functions must meet all of the criteria below:
- Necessary to prepare for, prevent, or respond to public health emergency with respect to COVID-19. Metro will use the US Department of Homeland Security’s guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure workers, the latest version of which is attached here.
- Require repeated and prolonged contact with potentially COVID 19-positive public or potentially COVID-19-contaminated spaces/property in order to perform their jobs. Metro will require documentation of this criteria and evaluate the job classification and description from an HR and operational perspective.
- Because of the elevated risk noted above, it is more difficult to retain staff at this critical time and this position in this state of emergency requires fully staffed shifts for these essential, front-line, direct-service roles. Metro will consider recent staffing data and require documentation of staffing retention concerns from a department head.
This hazard payment is only for the acute time period Nashville and Davidson County faces significant health and safety challenges, but in no case shall exceeded the timeframe of March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020 as determined by the Metropolitan Government. These payments will be accrued during the timeframe determined by the Metropolitan Government and paid as a lump sum payment to each qualified employee after the period ends as determined the Metropolitan Government.
The hazard payment that will be accrued for a qualified employee over the time period determined by the Metropolitan Government as noted above will be a flat hourly rate of $3.13 per each hour actually worked, whether it is a regular standard working hour or overtime paid hour. Notwithstanding any other definition to the contrary, for the purposes of determining this hazard bonus payment, hours actually worked are the regular working hours, and the paid overtime hours, when the employee is actually on duty, performing duties for the Metropolitan Government, and specifically excludes any other type of paid leave including, but not limited to, vacation, sick, etc.
Once these hazard payments have been issued, Metro will share the list of employees who received this payment and the related payment amount to the Commission for reporting purposes.
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