UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Thursday, June 11, 2020
The city of Nashville has put a pause on its reopening plan amid a spike in new COVID-19 cases. On Thursday morning, Mayor John Cooper announced the city will be staying in phase two out of four of the reopening plan.
According to Cooper, there’s been a rise in the number of positive cases in Southeast Nashville for the past two weeks.
We have 6,627 confirmed #COVID19 cases in Davidson County as of today, an increase of 56 in the past 24 hours. Please continue to follow our #RoadmapforReopening Nashville plan and help us keep our community safe. https://t.co/OGiv10qo2l pic.twitter.com/xFJrVihCRM
— Mayor John Cooper (@JohnCooper4Nash) June 11, 2020
However, he emphasized this doesn’t mean the city is taking a step back when it comes to making progress.
The mayor confirmed Nashville will remain in phase two until the number of cases levels out.
“The level of cases in Southeast Nashville warrants further attention. I’ve instructed the Public Health Department to concentrate its efforts on a more focused response in these neighborhoods. We will continue, hopefully just a little bit longer, with phase two while carefully observing our public health data every day.” – John Cooper, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
As of Thursday, local health officials reported a total of 56 cases in the past 24 hours. The mayor reaffirmed they will be keeping a close eye on the data moving forward.