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Metro Health Board extends COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

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Posted at 4:45 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 17:45:11-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Nashville Health Board voted to extend the city's COVID-19 Public Health Emergency to ensure the implementation of a multi-phase reopening.

In a meeting Thursday, board members discussed the need for the order. They voted to extend it until June 30.

The order is necessary to continue Mayor Cooper's multi-phase plane of reopening Nashville - Roadmap for Reopening.

"A monthly approach would be a good way to approach it. Next meeting would be second week of June. Dr. Caldwell could rescind all of his orders whenever he wanted hypothetically -- my rec is to extend it monthly to see where we are," said Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chair of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force.

Nashville is currently in Phase One of the process, and must stay there for at least 14 days. The trend of new COVID-19 cases must continue to decline or remain flat before the city can move on to Phase Two.