Another round of mass testing has uncovered nearly 1,000 cases of the coronavirus at a Tennessee prison, with more results coming. CoreCivic, which manages the facility, says nearly all are asymptomatic. But prisoners’ loved ones say they’re hearing a different story.
Davidson county’s moratorium on evictions will end on Monday, and there are over 1,500 court filings waiting for the circuit court to resume hearing cases.
For the second time, Gov. Bill Lee has changed his position on whether the state should release information regarding cases of COVID-19 in schools. At a press conference Tuesday, Lee told reporters the state is erring on the side of privacy.
The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Nashville has been steadily dropping, from a high of 222 on July 22 to 119 currently. Intensive care units are still busy but feeling less threatened that they’ll be overwhelmed by the pandemic.
The virtual learning experiment at Metro Nashville Public Schools is two weeks old, but Hunters Lane High School near Madison, has already been operating somewhat virtually since the 2014-2015 school year. They’ve seen plenty of benefits along the way, including an increase in test scores, graduation and student participation rates.
The pandemic is the latest reason the long-awaited National Museum of African American Music is delaying its opening in downtown Nashville. But in the meantime, the museum has been working on a shareable curriculum that is suddenly arriving at just the right time.
Tennessee reached its highest number of active coronavirus cases over the weekend — with more than 40,000 Tennesseans contagious on Sunday. Rural areas have begun to catch up to the hotspots, but the state’s largest metro areas have been facing major outbreaks for months now.
At least four school districts in Middle Tennessee that recently reopened are now struggling with new cases of coronavirus. This has caused some of their schools to close until further notice. But Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says that might be an overreaction.
The number of Nashville residents seeking COVID-19 testing has dropped by nearly half in the last month. And statewide, the testing numbers have plateaued. Health officials say there are still plenty of tests to be had, just fewer people wanting them.
Immigrant and refugee households have represented an outsized share of coronavirus cases in Nashville. But the city is still playing catch-up to provide critical services to contain the spread of COVID-19, especially among Spanish speakers.