Metro working with some daycares on COVID-19 plan to keep children, employees safe

Posted at 7:03 AM, Jul 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-15 08:03:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, many parents are wondering if it’s safe to send their children to daycare.

Health officials in Nashville said they’re working with some daycares to make sure they have a plan in place if someone tests positive. However, they've had very few cases of COVID-19 from these childcare facilities – less than one percent.

Just a little more than 1,000 cases are among kids from a month old to 17-years-old in Davidson County. It's rare for someone so young to carry the virus, but it does happen.

Health leader say so far, they know of two cases that have come from day care centers in Nashville. Both facilities had safety plans in place, so they didn't have to close. It's something that Director of Metro Public Health Dr. Michael Caldwell says he's actively working on.

"I have been working with a couple of daycare centers to have them have a preparedness plan so that they can walk through if any one of the employees or children were to become positive, what would be their action plan,” Caldwell said during Metro’s update on Tuesday.

Doctors say when it comes to deciding whether to send your child to daycare, take into account how your child is with common illnesses. If they are susceptible to getting a bad flu or infection, you may want to think twice.