Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland held a COVID-19 briefing for city residents. During part of his 20-minute conversation Wednesday (4-1-20), he fielded questions - including this one:
The city issued a "safer at home" directive several days before Governor Lee did that statewide. Other cities in the state have instituted a shelter in place order, but each municipality's charter is set up differently. The mayor says to expect limitations of some sort for the foreseeable future.
McFarland praised those who answered an important call by him and the city school system this week for help keeping the CHOW buses rolling:
The CHOW buses are running each weekday to help feed those 18-years and under in the city. Also, backpacks are sent home on weekends.
Other topics the mayor touched on included encouraging big box retailers to ensure social distancing is taking place in the essential businesses that can remain open. McFarland says he's in constant contact with County Mayor Ketron and leaders in Eagleville, Smyrna and La Vergne as they work together to protect citizens.
The mayor says the latest information from the Rutherford County Health Department shows almost 900 people have been tested for COVID-19 and eight are currently at Ascension St. Thomas Hospital. McFarland echoed Governor Lee's comments about an expected surge in coronavirus cases by the third week of April and we must all do our part to stay home.