"The purpose of this order was to slow down the pace of this pandemic and prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed," Cooper said during the address. "Yesterday, the state joined us in issuing a 'safer-at-home' order, and today, in consultation with public health authorities, I'm announcing that we will be extending 'safer-at-home' through April 24, consistent with the statewide schools closure."
As stated in the initial order, all nonessential businesses will remain closed, and restaurants and bars can only offer takeout and delivery services. All individuals in Davidson County are expected to stay home, except to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, medical appointments and restaurants for takeout.
Residents can also continue to go outside, but are recommended to keep at least six feet away from others.
"What we're doing now will save lives," Cooper said.
On March 30, Metro Nashville’s COVID-19 task force opened two of three planned drive-thru testing centers, with the third location scheduled to open April 1.
The testing sites, which are open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, are part of an overall system, which includes a hotline that residents must first call to receive an initial assessment by a public health professional. Following a phone assessment, callers will then be directed to visit a testing center, where they will be further screened and, if deemed necessary by health professionals, tested for COVID-19.