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Nashville health official reminds Metro residents about high cost of reckless pandemic behavior

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville health officials on Tuesday provided a stark reminder just what’s at stake as the health crisis drags on.

Metro Coronavirus Task Force Chair Dr. Alex Jahangir announced six Nashvillians had died in the previous 24 hours of COVID-19 complications. All six were 91 years of age or older and all had pre-existing conditions.

Dr. Jahangir said the city currently has an overall coronavirus death rate of nine-tenths of one percent. However, the mortality rate for Metro residents over 75 is a staggering 15 times higher at 13 percent.

Dr. Jahangir noted that the overwhelming number of COVID-19 infections occur among Metro residents under 45 years of age. He concluded that younger Nashvillans have an obligation to protect older residents by acting responsibly.

As of Tuesday, 221 Nashville residents have died from COVID-19 related complications.

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