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Nashville Roadmap Phase Three postponed, new COIVD-19 cases on the rise


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville was expected to move to Phase Three of its Roadmap to Recovery Monday, but an increase in new cases derailed the plan.

On Friday, Mayor John Cooper noted an uptick in the two week running average of new coronavirus cases citywide.

The running average is one of six metrics the city has used to gauge its progress against the virus. The other metrics include virus transmission rate, testing capacity, public health capacity, hospital capacity, and ICU capacity.

Metro averaged 93 new cases per day during the last week of May. This past week the daily average jumped to 110 new cases per day.

To date, 72 Metro residents have died due to COVID-19 complications.

Announcing a pause in the roadmap timetable on Friday, Mayor Cooper said the city “Must proceed with caution to protect our hard earned progress and prevent the need to revert to an earlier phase in the roadmap.”

If Phase Three had been implemented this week, restaurants, retail outlets, day-camps, and close-contact services would have been allowed to operate at full capacity. Gymns, pools, playgrounds and museums could have operated at three-fourths capacity. Socially driven businesses, including bars, transportainment operations, and tours would have been permitted to reopen for the first time.

You can review the current status of all Nashville Roadmap metrics here.