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COVID-19 UPDATE (3/24/20): Nashville officials report 69 new cases in 24 hours

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- Metro Health Officials reported Tuesday morning that there are currently 253 confirmed COVID-19 infections in Nashville, an increase of 69 cases over the past 24 hours.

Nashville Coronavirus Task Force Chair Dr. Alex Jahangir says he expects the number of new cases in Metro to continue to grow in the coming days.

Four Nashvillians are currently hospitalized due to coronavirus complications. Twenty-nine residents have successfully recovered from a COVID-19 infection.

Mayor John Cooper announced this morning that the city is moving to do more to protect Metro’s homeless residents during the pandemic. He noted that nine public handwashing stations have been installed around the city. He promised to open new shelters this week to house homeless persons, including facilities for those confirmed or suspected of having the virus.

Mayor Cooper and Dr. Jahangir both noted again this morning that Nashville has two of the long-promised drive-thru coronavirus testing facilities built and ready to open. However, a lack of supplies is keeping the sites closed to patients. 

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