Nashville official urges 'a September 11 type response to the virus.'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- A member of Metro’s COVID-19 Task Force is chastising Nashvillians after some residents failed to observe social distancing protocols over Memorial Day weekend.
Meharry Medical College President James Hildreth noted reported instances of large holiday crowds and individuals not wearing masks. Officials referred to at least one instance where prohibited dancing occurred at a downtown bar.
Hildreth says that undoubtedly will mean a spike in cases in the next couple of weeks.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Dr. Hildreth likened the current national rate of COVID-19 deaths to a 9-11-2001 level tragedy occurring every three days.
Hildreth urged Nashvillians to take coronavirus more seriously, saying “It’s time for a September 11 type response to the virus.”