Black Nashvillians make up 13 percent of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nashville, but they comprise nearly 40 percent of the deaths in that area, said the chair of the Davidson County Metro Coronavirus Task Force.
These were among the many findings that Metro Coronavirus Task Force Chair Alex Jahangir revealed at a press conference Wednesday.
Jahangir also revealed the following:
• Of the Davidson County confirmed cases, 36 percent are white. Exactly 13 percent are black. Exactly 12 percent are multi-racial. Exactly 6 percent are Asian. Exactly 6 percent are unknown. And 27 percent are pending.
• Of the 24 Nashvillians who have died, 11 are white. Nine are black. Three are other. One is listed as Asian.
• Based on 4,145 tests conducted at Community Assessment Centers, 22 percent of patients were black or African-American. Exactly 8 percent were Hispanic. Exactly 6 percent were multiracial. Exactly 2 percent were Asian. Exactly 12 percent were white — although another 50 percent of people declined to answer the question. Of those who did disclose their race, two-thirds of those individuals tested were minorities.
As of Wednesday, Jahangir said Nashville had 2,612 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 24 cases in the previous 24 hours. The virus has thus far killed 24 Nashvillians, he added.
With an additional 2,167 cases in the surrounding counties, the region now has nearly 4,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the Davidson County cases, 1,260 are currently active. Exactly 1,328 residents have recovered and are cleared, Jahangir said.
But other cases continue to break out.
“Late last night we were made aware of a possible isolated outbreak of the virus at our homeless shelters on the fairgrounds,” Jahangir said.
“Four individuals entered the shelter without symptoms and later tested positive. These people were screened when they first arrived at the fairgrounds and did not have any symptoms of the virus. When an individual started showing symptoms, they were tested and moved to the self-isolation portion of the shelter for people awaiting test results. Once the test results came back positive the Metro Nashville Public Health Department began investigating.”
Jahangir added he does not believe the people got the virus at the shelter. He said members of the Metro Public Health Department will test fairgrounds’ residents and staff.
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