Music City Center in Nashville will be used as a COVID-19 alternative treatment facility to care for patients who test positive and need hospital treatment, but do not require critical care, Gov. Bill Lee announced on April 2.
The convention center is expected to have room for more than 1,600 patients. In addition to Nashville, Lee said state officials plan to open alternative treatment centers in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis.
“This facility would care for only COVID-19 positive patients transferring from area hospitals,” Lee said. “It’s not just about finding capacity for this, it’s about building out support services ... furniture, supplies, staff ... to ensure that these extra capabilities will deliver the utmost quality care in the midst of a potential surge.”
According to Metro Nashville's coronavirus task force chair Dr. Alex Jahangir, Music City Center will be a regional care center and will support hospitals in Nashville and surrounding counties.
In an effort to staff these facilities, state health officials are asking for displaced or furloughed health care workers to sign up for the Tennessee Medical Reserve Corps. Both medical professionals and non-medical support are needed.
As of 2 p.m. on March 3, there are at least 3,067 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state, according to new data from the Tennessee Department of Health. Davidson County continues to have the highest numbers in the state with at least 685 confirmed cases.
Music City Center in Nashville to serve COVID-19 alternative treatment facility
Music City Center in downtown Nashville will serve as an alternative treatment facility for COVID-19 patients. (Courtesy Music City Center)