Nashville COVID-19 cases up to 46, new response fund taking donations
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Health officials announced Wednesday morning that there are now 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Nashville.
Officials describe most of the infections as mild with the patients self-quarantined at home. However, two Nashville residents are now hospitalized due to coronavirus complications.
When asked by the media if health officials have noted any clusters of patients in specific areas of the city, Metro Director of Public Health Dr. Michael Caldwell said that no such concentrations have developed to date.
During the morning press update, city health officials announced that they will be conducting daily briefings until further notice. The meetings will be streamed live and also archived on the Nashville city government Youtube page.
Metro has launched a new information website at covid19.nashville.gov. Officials say the site will be kept up to date with all the latest information about the city's response to the pandemic. Visitors to the site can view timely information from every corner of Metro government, from city schools to the water department.
During today's press briefing, officials also announced the formation of a the Music City COVID-19 Response Fund in cooperation with the United Way of Greater Nashville. The fund will collect donations and make grants to local organizations working directly to assist individual Nashvillians impacted by the crisis.
The Nashville Convention and Vistors Bureau opened the new fund with a $500,000 contribution. The fund is being chaired by former U.S. Senate Speaker Dr. Bill Frist.