Sevier Park Community Center Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

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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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Brian Sullivan is a reporter for Out & About Nashville. He has served nearly 2 decades in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He received recognition as a Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year at the NELA Awards. He is an Executive Board Member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a member of DrugFree Wilco, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.