Ascension St. Thomas, Vanderbilt Health, Tristar Health and Meharry Medical College issue a joint statement that the number of active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee is rising. In the 13 counties that comprise the Nashville Metropolitan Area, new cases have increased 50% over the last 2 weeks.
They're encouraging everyone to remain vigilant in their efforts to limit the spread of the virus by wearing masks, washing hands and staying socially distant — including not participating in large gatherings.
Over the same two-week period, hospitals in the Nashville area have experienced a 40% increase in patients admitted for COVID-19. They stated, "Unless we act now to curb the transmission rates in Middle Tennessee, we expect this trend to continue. A major surge of new COVID-19 cases could threaten our ability to serve patients with many diagnoses requiring hospitalization."
The joint release from area hospitals goes on to say as fall brings cooler temperatures and more indoor activities, the risk of transmitting the virus increases. "The timing of this new wave of COVID-19 cases in our area coincides with the annual flu season, which adds yet more strain on our hospitals and more pressure to local businesses. We must do everything we can to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed and safeguard the reopening of our economy."
The best way to slow the spread of coronavirus is to wear a face mask, wash your hands and social distance, which includes not gathering in large groups. They encourage everyone over 6 months old to get a flu vaccine this year to protect your health and the health of those around you.