Council members say COVID-19 cases in Southeast Nashville are dropping

Posted at 9:38 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 23:32:56-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — Metro Council members representing districts in Southeast Nashville came together to help keep COVID-19 cases down in the area.

Elected leaders say they are making efforts to keep the numbers from rising in what was once the only hotspot in Davidson County.

For the first few months of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Nashville, heatmaps showed the hotspots for active cases were largely in Southeast Nashville.

Now, the number of new COVID-19 cases continue to climb across Metro, but council members say they are seeing changes in the southern districts.

"Very early on we noticed that it was very disproportional, we got straight to work," said Sandra Sepulveda, who represents Metro Nashville's 30th district. "We pushed for more masks, we pushed for more restrictions, we pushed for more translations."

Council member Delishia Porterfield of District 29 says they pushed even harder.

"We wanted to make sure that the businesses out here had the proper signage for if people come in the store, they would know that they needed to put on a mask before they came into the store," she said.

Both council members say they are involved in a Southeast Nashville council group along with other elected officials to discuss with the mayor's office and health department how the coronavirus is impacting their districts and what needs to be done to stop it.

"We talk about getting testing in the parking lots of churches or the community center out here so we focus on different parts of our area," said Porterfield.

Now they're asking everyone to continue to do their part in slowing the spread of the virus.