Jahangir: COVID-19 Didn’t Hit Nashville as Hard as Some Originally Feared

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Metro Coronavirus Task Force Chair Alex Jahangir said Monday that COVID-19 didn’t hit Nashville as hard as computer models originally predicted.

“Just a few weeks ago we were planning for a 1,000-bed auxiliary hospital because models had shown that our hospitals would be overrun,” Jahangir said, without saying how many people in Davidson County were to have supposedly caught COVID-19, per those models.

“You stayed at home, and you flattened the curve in our city. Now we need you to do this for just a little bit longer.”

Jahangir said this at a press conference Monday in front of Mayor John Cooper.

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As of Monday, Davidson had 3,191 confirmed cases with 27 fatalities. That, Jahangir went on to say, was an increase of 165 cases in the prior 24 hours. Of the Davidson County cases, 1,548 are currently active, and 1,616 residents have recovered and are now clear, he said.

“Since our update on Friday we have had an increase of 359 new cases. However, included in this total are some new cases that are linked to isolated clusters,” Jahangir said.

“We are still evaluating the number of new cases that are part of these clusters and the ones attributed to general community spread. We continue to analyze the information  to determine the actual impact of the community spread of the virus, which will most likely be significantly lower than what the 359 new cases indicate. A couple of clusters are positive cases from the homeless shelters at the fairgrounds and at the Nashville Rescue Mission. After four individuals tested positive at the Fairgrounds facility last week, we began a comprehensive contact tracing investigation.”

Jahangir said that 206 people at the Fairgrounds tested negative for COVID-19 and 19 tested positive.

“With 395 individuals at the Rescue Mission tested, of those individuals, 100 were positive, nine were indeterminate, 12 are still pending, and 274 were negative. One of the positive cases from the mission needed hospitalization and they are receiving the care they need currently,” Jahangir said.

“The others who did not require hospitalizations are now housed at the Fairgrounds Facilities. This is a separate building from the one used for housing residents who are well. It’s set up so these residents can self-isolate in a safe place. We have also increased medical personnel at the Fairgrounds facility.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]





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  1. lb

    This guy hasnt been right about ANYTHING and YET HE is running the City instead of Mayor Cooper!
    Time for Cooper to dissolve his UNELECTED Advisory Rulers and OPEN NASHVILLE/DAVIDSON.
    As soon as this is over, Davidson needs to begin a movement to separate their Govt from Nashville Metro. Think it cant happen? People in ATL got sick of the mismanagement of City Govt and THEY petitioned the Legislature. Result? 2 new Cities who peeled off along with THEIR successful Tax Bases and LEFT ATL to their own mess.