NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Starting Thursday, the Davidson County Clerk's Office will close its main office downtown and its Green Hills office.
Both offices have direct, face-to-face contact between customers and staff. Office operations will move to satellite offices, which have a glass barrier between the public and employees.
The decision was made to protect the health, safety and well-being of both the public and employees of the clerk's office as the county practices social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Clerk's Office has served more than 1,800 customers just this week.
Motor vehicle title and registration services will still be available at the North, South, Madison and Hermitage locations.
If you're seeking a business license or passport application, it can be processed at the Hermitage location.
The remaining open branches will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch at noon.
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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.
- 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.