Nashville is staying in Phase 2 of reopening after seeing cases of the coronavirus trend upward, officials said Monday.
Alex Jahangir, chairman of Metro Nashville’s Board of Health, said the decision to pause re-opening was not taken lightly.
“This doesn’t mean that we’re regressing. It doesn’t mean we’re going back to Phase 1. It just means we’re staying at status quo for just a little bit longer,” he said during a press conference Monday.
Officials will be watching the data from the next few days to see whether the numbers stabilize. Over the weekend there was a continued rise in cases, with 132 new cases reported Saturday and 124 on Sunday. But Monday saw a smaller increase, with 98.
Jahangir said the transmission rate is still less than one and the number of hospital and ICU beds remain “adequate.”
Nashville has been in Phase 2 for 14 days. It’s not clear when the city will enter Phase 3 of reopening. Statewide, there are more active cases of the coronavirus right now than at any other point in the pandemic.