Nashville virus drive-thru test sites launch delayed by medical supply shortages
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Health Officials report that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Metro Nashville rose to 184 infections on Monday, up five cases in 24 hours.
Nashville Pulbic Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell and Nashville Coronavirus Task Force Chair Dr. Alex Jahangir told reporters they do not believe the unexpectedly low number of new cases means the pandemic has peaked in Metro.
They suggested instead that the reduced number of new cases likely resulted from fewer coronavirus tests being completed or reported in the past day. By way of contrast, health officials reported 46 new infections were confirmed in the 24 hour period ending Sunday.
Doctors Caldwell and Jahangir noted that Nashville has completed construction of the city's long-anticipated drive-thru coronavirus testing stattions, but has so far not been able to secure sufficient medical supplies to open the facilities.
To date, Nashville has suffered a single COVID-19 related fatality. A second related death was reported to be a patient from Middle Tennessee, but not a resident of Metro.
For the latest information about the pandemic in Nashville, visit coronavirus.Nashville.gov.