Bedne urges Hispanic residents, immigrants to continue COVID-19 tests

    A COVID-19 testing site with signs in Spanish. (Photo: Getty Images)

    In spite of efforts to reach Davidson County’s Hispanic residents, who make up 19.3% of the county’s current 2,776 COVID-19 cases, testing has decreased this week, said Fabian Bedne in his two weekly Spanish language press conferences. 

    Bedne, a former Metro Councilmember who serves as planner in Mayor John Cooper’s office, provides the conferences as part of the city’s effort to reach the area’s Hispanic population.

    Fabian Bedne (Photo: Facebook)
    Fabian Bedne (Photo: Facebook)

    As part of the At-Risk Nashvillian COVID Response Plan, Metro officials began reaching out to public and private facilities in June in order to better reach the hard-hit immigrant community. At its peak in June, immigrants accounted for 30% of COVID-19 cases, and although that figure has gone down, Metro officials encourage people to get tested, said Bedne.

    He acknowledged that many immigrant laborers work long hours and have difficulties in getting tested. The At-Risk plan sought to address this issue by cooperating with community centers, such as churches and cultural centers, to make testing more accessible. Residents can also get tested at Meharry Hospital and Nissan Stadium. 

    Bedne reminds those who seek to avoid wearing masks due to medical reasons to stay home. 

    “Prevent infecting yourself as to not infect others,” said Bedne.  

    As of Thursday, 210 Nashvillians have died, and 167 are currently hospitalized. 

     People within the age range of 25-34 report the most COVID cases, but those in older demographics account for most of the deaths.