Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus COVID-19

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – On Sunday, Mayor John Cooper announced a “Safer At Home” order for Nashville residents.

The order closes non-essential businesses and encourages residents throughout Davidson County to stay home when possible and avoid gatherings of over 10 people for non-essential purposes. In additional, all business not performing essential services have been ordered to close for 14 days, starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 23.


The Metro Public Health Department also announced there are now 171 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, with 151 of those cases still active. Twenty-seven people who had the virus have since recovered, while two people have died.

One death was a 73-year-old man with underlying health conditions. Vanderbilt University Medical Center announced the second death was a patient at its adult hospital and the patient had underlying health conditions as well. The patient was also a resident of a county adjacent to Davidson, but VUMC did not specify which one. 

Two other individuals are hospitalized while the remaining 149 cases are self-isolating at home.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following statement regarding Mayor Cooper's "Safer At Home" order:

“With the number of cases of COVID-19 rising rapidly, Nashvillians need to take every step now to slow the spread of the virus - to preserve precious healthcare resources to care for those who will soon need them.  Mayor Cooper’s Safer at Home Order will save lives,” said Jeff Balser, MD, PhD, President and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and Dean, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

“By following the order, we can reduce the number of people who need hospitalization all at once, enabling us to manage the coming COVID-19 patients while also serving people with many other conditions, like heart disease and cancer, who will continue to need us.”

Patients range from 11-73 years old.

















Total active cases


Cases by sex:

  • Male: 68
  • Female: 79
  • Unknown: 32

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. Avoid large gatherings, and maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when 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
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Stay away from people who are sick

This is the list of essential service categories, that can be found here:

What are essential activities and what businesses that will stay open?

The following essential activities will remain open:

  • Federal and state offices and services, including post offices and airports
  • Essential Nashville government functions including law enforcement, transportation, and businesses that provide government programs and services
  • Food and beverage: grocery and beverage stores, farmers markets, food banks, catering, convenience stores selling food, agriculture, food processing, feed mills, and other businesses that directly support the food supply
  • Health care, mental and behavioral health, and biomedical research and businesses that directly support the healthcare industry including health information technology, staffing and supplies
  • Sanitation and waste removal businesses and services
  • Energy, water, and sewage businesses and services
  • Pharmacies and medical supply businesses, and other businesses that directly support the drug and medical supply pipeline
  • Vehicle fuel, support, service stations and businesses
  • Banks, savings and loans, insurance companies, accounting businesses, and other business that directly support the insurance and financial services sector
  • Legal and judicial services
  • Laundromats/laundry/cleaning services
  • Home and business repair, hardware supply
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Construction and facilities design businesses
  • Product logistics, transport, and distribution businesses
  • Parcel transportation and delivery businesses
  • Veterinary and pet supply business and services including agricultural services and the caring and feeding of all livestock and farm animals
  • Home and business cleaning and maintenance services
  • All businesses which rely upon deliveries may continue, including florists
  • Internet and telecommunications systems (including the provision of essential global, national, and local infrastructure for computing services, business infrastructure, communications, and web-based services)
  • Print, online and broadcast media
  • Certain other business and services the Health Department in coordination with Metro Legal and the Office of the Mayor determines are essential for the continued safety and security of Davidson County.

In addition:

  • Daycare and childcare business will remain open, but will prioritize children of parents working in essential services.
  • Hotels and commercial lodges will remain open, but must end entertainment or dining services in restaurants or group settings. Pick-up and room-service food services may continue.
  • Housing and rental services may continue, but agents should practice social distancing, hold no open houses, or gather in groups larger than 10.
  • Essential services listed above may continue as long as appropriate distancing is physically possible and encouraged. These businesses will adhere to CDC guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene in the workplace, including encouraging work-from-home and allowing employees when possible to work on-site in shifts to optimize social distancing in the workplace.
  • All essential services, especially grocery stores and pharmacies, will make best efforts to establish hours when only available to senior citizens or otherwise vulnerable populations.

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