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COVID-19 UPDATE (3/27/20): Officials say a second Nashville resident has died

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  -- Metro Nashville report 19 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed during the 24 hours ending Friday morning, and health officials revealed the virus related death of a second city resident.

Nashville currently has 312 confirmed coronavirus infections. Twelve individuals are hospitalized due to complications caused by COVID-19. Fifty-five city residents have now recovered from the illness. The new coronavirus victim is said to be a 67-year-old man with a history of health concerns.

Metro Nashville is preparing for a serious hit to its city budget. In a letter sent Thursday to all city departments, finance officials ordered an immediate freeze on “hiring, promotions, travel and some capital spending.” 

 

The letter notes what it calls the city’s “thin cash position in recent years” and says officials are anticipating reduced tax receipts. Metro department heads are asked to estimate what they expect to spend on tornado and pandemic responses, and identify possible cuts to their budgets.

Metro Nashville Public Schools leaders will host a virtual town hall Monday afternoon to answer parent questions as the coronavirus school closures continue. System officials will gather in the MNPS School Board Room Monday afternoon  at 3 p.m. for the hour long Q&A session. The virtual town hall will be aired on the Metro Nashville Network and via livestream.

To participate, parents need to register their questions using an online submission form. Those questions must be in before 5 p.m. Friday, March 27. Due to social distance concerns, the event will not be open to the public.