NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The 79th annual Iroquois Steeplechase has been rescheduled for June 27.
The event was originally scheduled for May 9, but it was postponed due to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that no gathering of 50 people or more take place within the next eight weeks.
This year's event will continue donating to charitable organizations across Middle Tennessee. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will be the primary beneficiary of the race.
"We are proud to keep the tradition of the Iroquois Steeplechase in the Nashville community during these unprecedented times," said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee. "Our race meet benefits charities that impact our community, so it is our obligation to see to it that we continue Nashville’s grand tradition."
The Iroquois Steeplechase will continue to be held at Percy Warner Park.
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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)
According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.
What are the symptoms?
The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of the following symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.
The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.