NASHVILLE, TENN. (WSMV) - Tennessee's large metro areas are taking the brunt of COVID-19 cases as the virus continues to spread throughout the state.
Dr. Alex Jahangir, who is the chair of Metro's Coronavirus Task Force, stated that Nashville will remain in Phase 2 of the Reopening Plan.
The Metro Public Health Department announced there are 15,473 cases - 15,456 confirmed - of COVID-19 in Davidson County. This was an increase of 771 total cases in the past 24 hours.
There have been two new confirmed deaths reported. A total of 140 people have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
With 771 new COVID cases in Nashville on Monday, there are 111 cases per 100,000 residents. That’s higher than Florida, which has 71 per 100,000, according to Mayor John Cooper.
Jahangir said the cases transmitted in places like bars and music venues is going down, which could be the result of the Phase Two rollback.
Currently the focus is on two different key areas of transmission in our city.
"The highest numbers are among households. That's about 23 percent of our cases," Jahangir said. "The other spot is at construction sites. If you or a loved one works at a construction site, that's where the things we talk about like masks and social distancing really matter."
On Wednesday, all Metro Community Assessment Centers will be adjusting their hours for the summer for anyone looking for a COVID-19 test. The three centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. Anyone in line by 1 p.m. will receive a free COVID-19 test.
The mayor's office said the time change is "to help keep assessment center staff and volunteers safe during extreme daytime heat and to offer Davidson County residents more opportunities to receive COVID-19 tests outside of normal business hours."
All the centers are free to the public and located:
- Nissan Stadium - Lot “N”
- 1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN 37213
- Meharry Medical
- 918 21st Ave North, Nashville, TN 37208
- Former Kmart
- 2491 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37217
Health officials and lawmakers are advising Nashville residents to do the following to stop the spread of the virus:
- Practice social distancing as defined by the CDC (6 feet of distance from others).
- Gatherings are recommended to be kept at 25 people or fewer, to the extent possible. Intimate gatherings are the most high-risk setting for transmission of COVID-19.
- Wear a cloth face covering when in a community setting, especially in situations where you may be near people. These face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
- Stay at home as much as possible. People over 65 years of age or whose health is at risk should remain at home if possible.
- 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.
Anyone who needs the latest information about the COVID-19 response is asked to call the hotline at 615-862-7777 and will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week in both Spanish and English.