Sevier Park Community Center Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Metro Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation confirmed today that an employee working at Sevier Park Community Center has tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee is currently self-isolating at home under the care of a physician, according to park officials. The person last worked on June 6 and was sent home after a mandatory temperature check, which is required prior to each work shift.

“The department was officially notified on Tuesday, June 9, that the employee had tested positive for the virus,” said Community Affairs Superintendent Jackie Jones. “The community center has been cleaned and sanitized and remains open to the public.”

Health officials say the likelihood of spread is minimal because the center is operating per the city’s Phase 2 stipulations (50 percent capacity) and the following CDC protocols:

  • All staff and patrons are required to wear face coverings
  • Gymnasiums open at half capacity (staff monitored) for fitness related activities - No open gym, no physical contact or equipment sharing sports
  • Restrooms open (only 2 at a time)
  • Water fountains and meeting rooms are closed

Metro Public Health Department officials announced today a total number of 6,627 confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 56 in the past 24 hours.

“As of today, the majority of our public health metrics are satisfactory,” said Nashville Mayor John Cooper. “But our 14-day new case average remains slightly elevated, prompting us to stay in Phase 2 of our Roadmap for Reopening Nashville. The level of cases in Southeast Nashville warrants further attention, and I have instructed the Metro Public Health Department to concentrate its efforts there. We will continue with Phase 2 while carefully observing our public health data every day.”

One additional death was reported in Davidson County, a 46 year old male with underlying health conditions. A total of 80 people in the Nashville area have died after a confirmed case of COVID-19. 5,110 individuals have recovered from the virus. The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 145 calls on Tuesday, June 10.

This article has been supported by a grant from the Facebook Journalism Project for COVID-19 coverage.

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