Nashville leaders have decided to close down the city’s central COVID vaccination and testing site. They say demand has dried up, with just a trickle of cars coming through each day.
The state is winding down its increasingly futile attempts to investigate positive COVID cases and alert those who’ve been exposed, which means Tennesseans are pretty much on their own with contact tracing at this point.
Some places, like Los Angeles and Kansas City are already reinstating mask mandates as the delta variant of the coronavirus takes hold. But in Nashville, that’s not in the cards.
The masks are coming off after all in Nashville — for those who are vaccinated. The latest shift in pandemic guidance came Thursday, after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks.
The low rate of COVID-related deaths in Davidson County may not be as low as Nashville officials have taken credit for in recent weeks. The city has now disclosed that its medical examiner has been running way behind in confirming local fatalities ever since the winter surge.
The Music City Center was never needed as a pandemic overflow hospital, as once feared. But it will be used as Nashville’s centralized mass vaccination site, in the hope that the city will eventually get enough COVID-19 vaccine to make use of its 2.1 million square feet of space.