Middle Tennessee school districts are already readjusting their plans for the semester because of positive coronavirus contacts.
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.
Citations are coming for people in Nashville who don’t follow the city’s mask mandate, says the city’s top police officials. They met with Metro Council members Wednesday afternoon and committed to stricter enforcement.
Rutherford County is pushing back the start of school for a few days after roughly 40% of students opted to attend virtually.
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.
Hospitalizations for COVID-19 have stabilized in Tennessee, but a new analysis from Vanderbilt University’s department of health policy finds smaller cities are feeling the strain.
Nashville’s largest hospital says it’s tired of so many patients being surprised by their bills. So Vanderbilt University Medical Center has built an online calculator that should show anyone how much they’ll owe out of pocket, at least on the most common procedures, tests and lab work.
Mayor John Cooper says compliance seems to be improving each week of the mandate, despite Metro Police not enforcing the rule with citations. Cooper says education is the only way to get long-term buy-in.
It took four months to get halfway to 100,000 coronavirus cases in Tennessee but less than four weeks to get the rest of the way. On Wednesday the state’s Department of Health reported 100,822 total cases, up nearly 1,800 from the day before.
The 14-day average of new cases is double what it was a month ago in Nashville. But the metric has stabilized and begun heading down. City officials credit the effectiveness of a mask mandate that began at the end of June. They’re backed up by a preliminary analysis published Monday from the Vanderbilt Microbiome initiative.