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Saturday, Aug. 22
Nashville reports 188 new cases; 1 new death
Metro Public Health Department officials announced on Saturday an increase of 188 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of current active cases to 2,640 in Nashville.
There’s been a total of 25,144 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus in Nashville with a total of 22,278 individuals who have recovered.
One confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 58-year-old male with a pending medical history.
A total of 217 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Friday, Aug. 21
Montgomery County mask mandate extended again
Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett has extended the order mandating face coverings for all residents and visitors through Aug. 31 as efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 continue.
Smyrna Elementary reopening after change in COVID-19 protocol
Smyrna Elementary School and Christiana Middle School will be reopening Monday after being closed due to the coronavirus.
The decision to reopen the schools comes after Rutherford County Schools announced a change in coronavirus quarantine protocol. The school system previously required students who had contact with a confirmed or suspected case to quarantine, but now will allow students around suspected, unconfirmed cases to return to class.
Vandy football pauses activities after positive COVID-19 tests
Vanderbilt paused football activities Friday after an undisclosed number of players tested positive for COVID-19.
The Commodores had completed four practices to open the preseason this week. Practice was canceled Friday morning, as was a Zoom call media availability with coach Derek Mason and defensive coordinator Ted Roof.
Vanderbilt spokesperson Alan George declined to provide the number of positive tests or whether they included players, coaches or support staff.
Tennessee reports 1,669 new cases of COVID-19, 61 new deaths
The Tennessee Department of Health reported 1,669 new coronavirus cases Friday, bringing the state’s total to 140,844 cases. There are currently 36,609 active cases in Tennessee.
The state reported 61 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,549.
At least 6,255 people have been hospitalized in Tennessee, an increase of 99 in the past 24 hours. As many as 102,686 Tennesseans have recovered, including 1,719 new recoveries reported by the state on Friday.
At least 1.9 million coronavirus tests have been performed statewide.
Metro Health reports 123 new cases; 2,560 active cases of coronavirus
Metro Public Health Department officials announced on Friday an increase of 123 cases in the past 24 hours, or total of 24,963 confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus.
The number of current active cases is 2,560 in Nashville. The number of people who have recovered is 22,178.
One confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, an 89-year-old female with underlying health conditions.
A total of 216 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Metro Public Health Department statistics:
- 22,178 individuals have recovered from the virus
- Total active cases: 2,560
- New cases per 100,000 people: 22.6
- Seven-day percent positive of COVID-19 tests: 10.8
- Available Middle Tennessee hospital beds: 15%
- Available Middle Tennessee ICU beds: 14%
- Total number of cases: 24,963
Thursday, Aug. 20
APSU Homecoming may be postponed
For the first time in Austin Peay State University history, Homecoming may be postponed.
A news release from the university initially said a decision had been made, but it has not been finalized by APSU leaders. More details will be available in the coming days, university spokesperson Bill Persinger said.
New coronavirus guidelines change quarantine rules for Rutherford County
Rutherford County Schools announced changes to quarantine policies for students Thursday evening after receiving new guidance from the Tennessee Department of Health.
Previous guidance mandated that anyone in contact with someone who had either a suspected or confirmed coronavirus case must quarantine for 14 days. The new guidance changes that criteria: Now only those who had contact with confirmed cases must quarantine.
Schools will begin working with families whose children are quarantined from suspected cases to transition them back to school, RCS spokesman James Evans said. If a student was in contact with a confirmed case, they must stay in quarantine.
As of Thursday, there are 250 cases across the school district of students who have been quarantined because of coronavirus symptoms. Approximately 1,250 students districtwide are quarantined because they were in contact with someone who potentially had the virus.
Lee wants to be ‘as transparent as possible’ with COVID-19 school data
The Lee administration might change course again on whether to release information about COVID-19 cases in Tennessee’s public schools.
On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Lee and other state officials said federal privacy laws prevent the state from reporting confirmed cases by school or school district.
But Lee said Thursday the state has reached out to the federal government, including U.S. Department of Education officials, to find out what information it can share.
TN removes COVID-19 language from absentee ballot application
In response to a ruling by the state Supreme Court, Tennessee’s Secretary of State has created a new absentee ballot application, this time not mentioning COVID-19 while offering a $1,000 reward for reports of voter fraud.
Earlier this month, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s ruling that let all eligible voters cast an absentee ballot due to COVID-19. In its ruling, the court ordered the state to issue “appropriate guidance” to voters informing those with underlying health conditions or who are caretakers that they can cast absentee ballots.
In the days since, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s office has changed the absentee ballot application to what it deems reflective of the court’s ruling.
Lee urges small businesses to tap into COVID-19 relief
Gov. Bill Lee urged Tennessee businesses Thursday to take advantage of relief funds available through a recently expanded state program to help offset widespread losses from the COVID-19 shutdown.
Many eligible businesses “haven’t tapped into that access yet,” Lee said during a Thursday news briefing.
Lee announced an expansion of the Tennessee Small Business Relief Program on Aug. 14, adding $83.5 million to the program’s initial $200 million pot and opening it up to caterers, event venues, travel agencies and dozens of other businesses.
The money comes from federal coronavirus relief funds granted to the state through the CARES Act.
Two more legislators contract COVID-19
Multiple Tennessee House members in the past week tested positive for COVID-19, including the Democratic leader who attended legislative meetings.
Through a spokesperson, House Minority Leader Karen Camper, D-Memphis, on Thursday disclosed that she had contracted the virus and had fallen ill during last week’s special session.
Rep. Mike Carter, R-Ooltewah, last week was hospitalized in the Erlanger intensive care unit with COVID-19.
Nashville’s cases increase by 144, 1 new death reported
The Metro Nashville Department of Public Health reported an increase of 144 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Thursday.
That brings Davidson County to a total of 24,840 cases. There are 2,638 active cases in the county. A total of 21,978 people have recovered from the virus.
An additional death was reported in the past 24 hours, a 77-year-old woman with underlying health conditions.
So far, 215 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 224 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
In addition, 202,396 tests have been given, with a 12.3% overall positive rate. Available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee stood at 16%, while available ICU beds stood at 11%, officials reported.
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway cancels race after mayor warns about COVID-19 risks
Mayor John Cooper on Wednesday directed officials at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway to cancel the Championship Racing Association All-Stars Tour Heroes 100-lap race scheduled for Aug. 29 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event would have featured the second appearance of the CRA All-Stars Tour this summer at the track and would have included a Junior Late Model Series race along with seven divisions of local racing.
Nashville’s cases increase by 182, 2 new deaths reported
The Metro Nashville Department of Public Health reported an increase of 182 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Wednesday.
That brings Davidson County to a total of 24,696 cases. There are 2,714 active cases in the county. A total of 21,759 people have recovered from the virus.
Two additional deaths have been reported, a 63-year-old woman with underlying health conditions and an 87-year-old man with a pending medical history.
So far, 214 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 223 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
In addition, 200,276 tests have been given, with a 12.3% overall positive rate. Available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee stood at 15%, while available ICU beds stood at 11%, officials reported.
Tuesday, Aug. 18
Smyrna Elementary moves to distance learning after 53 students, 8 teachers go on quarantine
All students at Smyrna Elementary School will transition to distance learning through Sept. 1 after 53 students and eight teachers were placed on a precautionary quarantine, the school district announced Tuesday.
In a message to parents, Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans said the students and teachers are either showing potential COVID-19 symptoms or were a close contact of someone who is showing symptoms.
This is the second school in the Rutherford County school system with students currently in quarantine and fully teaching children through distance learning.
Metro Health to check compliance at strip clubs, hookah bars
The Metro Public Health Department planned to conduct additional compliance checks Tuesday on a handful of Nashville strip clubs and hookah lounges after receiving complaints some are not abiding by local health orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nashville has two strip clubs, Déjà Vu and Pure Gold’s Crazy Horse, and more than a dozen hookah bars, as well as dozens of social clubs.
Over the weekend, videos surfaced on social media depicting large numbers of people in some of the establishments in seemingly confined spaces not properly social distancing. Meanwhile online advertisements showed some of the businesses’ operating hours stretching into the early morning hours.
TN to apply for federal $300 weekly unemployment extension grant
Tennessee will apply for a federal grant program that will extend unemployed Tennesseans’ benefits by $300 per week.
The deadline for states to apply for the grant is Sept. 10, but Tennessee plans to submit its application by the end of the week, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Jeff McCord said.
The grant provides a $400 weekly bonus to unemployed individuals in participating states, lower than the previous $600 federal bonus that expired on July 25. The federal government will pay $300 of the weekly bonus, and states are responsible for paying the remaining $100.
Nashville Christmas Parade to go virtual
The 93rd annual Nashville Christmas Parade will be virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to officials at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Dec. 5 virtual parade will replace the annual downtown in-person parade.
Spectators will not be allowed at Titans, SC Soccer games
Nashville Mayor John Cooper said fans will not be allowed to attend Tennessee Titans games or Nashville SC games at Nissan Stadium at least through September.
Cooper made the just announcement during Tuesday’s COVID-19 press briefing.
Monday, Aug. 17
Education department walks back well-being checks
The Tennessee Department of Education is walking back guidance it released to school districts last week for conducting “child well-being checks” after backlash from Gov. Bill Lee and other lawmakers.
The guidance, one of several “toolkits” the department has put out over the past few months, was released Tuesday, Aug. 11. It followed an initial report and recommendations from a COVID-19 Child Well-Being Task force the department convened at Lee’s request in May.
The initial guidance directed school districts to determine community partners and staff who could work together to conduct child well-being checks. Those could include an email, phone call or a home visit from a staff member or liaison. Parent permission would be needed to speak with a child, but if a parent refused that would be noted in a database.
Data collected from these checks would be reported back to the department and its task force. The goal, according to the original guidance that has since been removed from the department’s website, was that all Tennessee children would receive a well-being check.
DCSO reports one inmate, 13 employees testing positive
The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office reported one inmate is currently testing positive for COVID-19. The total inmate population on Monday stood at 1,184.
So far, 324 have recovered from the virus. The number of inmates on restriction was 121.
Thirteen DCSO employees are currently testing positive and 76 have recovered.
Nashville reports 245 new cases, four new deaths
The Metro Nashville Department of Public Health reported an increase of 245 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Monday.
That brings Davidson County to a total of 24,388 cases. There are 2,821 active cases in the county. A total of 21,352 people have recovered from the virus.
Four additional confirmed deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, an 87-year-old man with underlying health conditions, and a 41-year-old man, a 81-year-old man, and a 69 -year-old woman all with pending health conditions.
So far 206 people in Davidson County have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. Including both confirmed and probable cases, 215 deaths have been attributed to COVID-19.
In addition 197,327 tests have been given, with a 12.4% overall positive rate. Available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee stood at 18%, while available ICU beds stood at 14%, officials reported.
Sunday, Aug. 16
Nashville police cite two businesses over COVID-19 violations
The Metro Nashville Police Department cited two businesses for operating in violation of COVID-19 orders from the city’s health department.
Los Paisanos in Antioch and The Rusty Nail in Hermitage were both cited, according to a tweet from MNPD. It was not immediately clear which orders were violated.
Metro police also cited 16 people for violating the county’s face mask mandate and issued more than 1,900 warnings on Saturday. MNPD has ramped up enforcement of face mask mandates and health department orders in recent days, with enhanced enforcement along Broadway and Demonbreun Street and in the Gulch.
Nashville reports 107 new cases, one new death
The Metro Nashville Department of Public Health reported an increase of 107 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours on Sunday.
That brings Davidson County to a total of 24,143 cases. There are 2,837 active cases in the county. A total of 21,095 people have recovered from the virus.
“One additional confirmed death has been reported in the past 24 hours, a 23-year-old man with underlying health conditions,” the health department said in a release.
So far, 211 people in Davidson County have died after a reported case of COVID-19, including both confirmed and probable cases.
In addition, 194,917 tests have been given, with a 12.4% overall positive rate. Available hospital beds in Middle Tennessee stood at 17%, while available ICU beds stood at 12%, officials reported.