Cloth masks now offered at 11 community centers in Nashville

Cloth masks
Posted at 12:56 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 13:31:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The distribution of cloth masks is expanding to 11 community centers throughout Nashville, the Metro Public Health Department announced Tuesday.

The masks will be available starting today at the following centers:

  • Coleman Park Community Center
  • East Recreation Center
  • Hadley Park Community Center
  • Hartman Park Community Center
  • Madison Community Center
  • Southeast Community Center
  • Smith Springs Community Center
  • Hermitage Community Center
  • McFerrin Community Center
  • Napier Recreation Center
  • Old Hickory Community Center

Masks are available at each center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. They were provided by the Governor Lee's Unified Command Group.

In addition to wearing the masks, the public is urged to continue following guidance from the CDC to limit the spread of COVID-19, including practicing social distancing, limiting gatherings or large numbers of people and washing hands as frequently as possible.


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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:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • 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.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.