Nashville’s hospital system is bracing for the coming surge of COVID-19 patients as cases spike in Tennessee. While capacity hasn’t been a problem, they say the people they’re treating are the sickest they’ve seen.
The numbers keep climbing in Tennessee, with nearly 2,500 new coronavirus cases confirmed today — a record for the pandemic with more records expected. Health officials are beginning to worry about hospital capacity.
Nashville’s coronavirus epicenter is on the move from Antioch and Madison to the middle of downtown. Heat maps released by city officials today show the highest number of actively contagious cases has relocated to the urban core.
Demand for COVID-19 testing is expected to surge again this week, following the Independence Day holiday and its gatherings of families and friends. And while Tennesseans have been encouraged to get tested, even without symptoms, finding the right testing site has remained a challenge because private providers often won’t test without symptoms.
For weeks, Nashville officials dismissed the possibility the city would need to move backward on its reopening plan. But that’s exactly what they did this morning. More than 600 new cases were confirmed on Thursday — by far, a record one-day count.
Nashville’s health department is focusing its coronavirus response on hot spots among immigrant communities in Antioch and Madison. A key part of a new plan described Tuesday will provide hotel rooms to isolate positive patients.
Drive-thru testing centers around Middle Tennessee are seeing demand like never before this week. And the early signs suggest many people are showing up without symptoms.
Tennessee’s online reporting system for collecting coronavirus test results failed over the weekend. Because of the technical problems, the state released no data Sunday at its pandemic website.
Nashville’s mask mandate takes effect at midnight, according to the order signed Sunday afternoon by chief medical director Michael Caldwell. The requirement applies both inside and outside in public places, and violations are punishable with civil and criminal penalties, up to a class C misdemeanor.
An additional 135 inmates at the men’s Davidson County Correctional Development Center have tested positive for the coronavirus after a round of mass testing at the minimum security jail.