The Look in Brief

Nashville COVID-19 cases rise as activities move indoors

By: - October 30, 2020 12:44 pm
Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, spends time at the OEM and Nissan Corona 19 testing site. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force, spends time at the OEM and Nissan Corona 19 testing site. (Photo: Nashville.gov)

As COVID cases continue to rise, clusters are primarily happening in households and workplaces, said Dr. Alex Jahangir at Fabian Bedne’s press conference. 

Bedne, a staff members for Mayor John Cooper, holds a weekly conference for Spanish language speakers.

The pandemic situation in Nashville is going from bad to worse, said Bedne. Hospitals’ capacity has reached emergency levels as COVID testing rates continue to rise. Cooper does not plan on another lock down or shelter in place order since nearby counties have started mandating personal protective equipment, Bedne said. 

“We’re going to wait and see if the situation improves,” he said, “since the other counties are doing what they’re supposed to do.” 

COVID clusters are primarily occurring in enclosed spaces and are not due to increased event capacity, according to Jahangir, who serves as chair of the new Metro Coronavirus Task Force.

He urged citizens to take more preventive measures than before. 

“The most important thing we can do right now is wear a mask, avoid crowds more than 10 and get a flu shot,” said Jahangir, adding that COVID and the flu have created a deadly combination. 

Although the situation isn’t great in Nashville, said Jahangir, “it’s not great all over the state.”

“In fact, we are number 63 out of 95 for disease activity in the state,” he said.  

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Dulce Torres Guzman
Dulce Torres Guzman

Dulce has written for the Nashville Scene and Crucero News. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, she received the John Seigenthaler Award for Outstanding Graduate in Print Journalism in 2016. Torres Guzman is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She enjoys the outdoors and is passionate about preserving the environment and environmental issues.

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