Downtown employees protest Nashville’s ‘Stay-at-Home’ order

Posted at 1:47 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 14:50:20-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Several demonstrators filled downtown Nashville to protest Mayor John Cooper’s “Stay-at-Home” order amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Downtown employees chanted “open it up” and “let us work,” asking Cooper to begin reopening the city’s economy.

Over the past few days, Cooper and Metro Health officials have said while they're close to Phase One, the city isn't there just yet.

On Wednesday, health officials confirmed 24 additional cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, bringing the total number to 3,346. So far, 1,746 residents have recovered from the virus.

Thirty-three deaths related to the novel coronavirus have been reported in Davidson County.


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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.