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March 14 Metro Public Health COVID-19 Response

03/14/20

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 13 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, up three cases in the past 24 hours. The age range for all confirmed cases in Nashville is from 11-50 years old. All cases are self-isolating at home and have mild and manageable symptoms.

Health officials remind everyone to take steps to stop the spread of germs like COVID-19. These include:

  • 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 your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Refrain from shaking hands and instead bump elbows

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently expanded its guidance for the protection of high-risk groups, and MPHD officials call on the community to consider carefully the implications of holding meetings or events involving large numbers of people (roughly speaking, 100 or so), particularly if the group is likely to include a substantial subset of high-risk individuals. Health officials further calls on all medically fragile citizens to avoid crowds and take other actions to protect their health based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Centers for Disease Control defines high-risk individuals as:

  • Adults over 60 years old, OR
  • People of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

Anyone who meets the definition of high-risk is encouraged to access the following link, and review and follow guidance from CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

For anyone concerned about symptoms like cough, fever, or other minor respiratory problems, call your health care provider. Do not go to the emergency room unless you are injured or may require urgent care. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs without putting the health of the patients, healthcare workers and the general public at further risk.

The Tennessee Department of Health has a Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line at 877-857-2945. The information line is available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

For more information about COVID-19 visit the Metro Public Health Department’s website, https://www.nashville.gov/Health-Department/Coronavirus.aspx, the Tennessee Department of Health at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. CDC has updated information and guidance available online at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.