NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — WeGo Public Transit announced it will be continuing its regularly scheduled service, following Mayor Cooper's "Safer at Home" order.
Officials said the transit service will not be interrupted in order to help residents participate in those activities deemed essential by the Health Department under this order.
The mayor's order directs all residents of Nashville and Davidson County to stay inside their homes and immediately limit all movement outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs.
As a general reminder to passengers, please observe the following rules while riding public transit:
- Only ride public transportation for trips deemed essential under the Mayor's Safer at Home Order.
- Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.
- Please do not sit in the front rows of seats reserved for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
- Avoid close contact with other passengers and the bus operator.
- Minimize the time you spend at WeGo Central and at other enclosed bus waiting areas.
- Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds after being in a public place or coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose.
- If no hand soap is readily available, use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow while coughing or sneezing.
Officials said they are making plans in the event the agency must reduce levels of service either due to employee availability or at the direction of the Mayor and public health officials.
Members of the public are encouraged to sign up for WeGo’s newsletter, follow them on social media, visit bit.ly/WeGoCOVID-19 for service updates, and visit COVID19.nashville.gov for updates on Metro Nashville’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts.
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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.