Nashville women’s shelter under quarantine amid COVID outbreak

Nashville Rescue Mission (Photo from website)
Nashville Rescue Mission (Photo from website)

About 150 residents of the Nashville Rescue Mission’s women’s campus are now under quarantine after an outbreak of COVID-19, according to the Metro health department.

“The Metro Public Health Department has been working with Nashville Rescue Mission officials on a cluster (fewer than 20) of cases,” an email from spokesman Brian Todd said.

“We have tested, quarantined close contacts, and will continue to monitor the cases at that location,” the email said.

Late Thursday Todd clarified that the facility had 16 positive cases among residents and staff thus far.

The campus provides food, shelter and clothing to women and children experiencing homelessness. According to its website, the Nashville Rescue Mission serves 800 men, women and children on a daily basis. A separate campus operated by the nonprofit organization houses men. Nashville officials earlier this year opened a shelter at the Fairgrounds to provide space for individuals who are homeless during the pandemic.

A spokeswoman for the Nashville Rescue Mission said Thursday she had no further information to add.