Metro Health Department declares public health emergency in Davidson County amid COVID-19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Metro Public Health Department declared a public health emergency Sunday due to the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19).

The move allows the director of health to use additional measures to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The steps discussed during a special meeting held Sunday by the Metro Board of Health could include the closing of bars in Metro Nashville and reducing restaurant occupancy to 50 percent or 100 seats.

According to the Tennessee Health Department, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Davidson County rose to 17 on Sunday making the total number of confirmed cases rise to 39 in Tennessee.

According to the declaration, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern as a result of coronavirus spreading. On March 9th a Davidson County resident was confirmed to have the coronavirus. COVID-19 is considered a threat to public health.

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