Nashville Examines Its COVID-19 Response

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – A new report focuses on holding Nashville’s COVID-19 response throughout the pandemic to better prepare for future variants.

Nashville is one of the first cities to take a comprehensive review. The self-examination highlighted strengths and weaknesses to focus on as new variants emerge.

He revealed that city leaders did well with a science-driven approach when the data was available, science-based crisis communications and public-private partnerships were more engaged than other cities were seeing.

Former Senate Majority Leader Dr Bill Frist said the city had previously used crisis communication during the major floods of 2010 and the deadly tornado of 2020.

As for what needs to be improved, the review found that the city is underinvested in public health systems infrastructure, vulnerable and marginalized communities need to be better addressed, and leaders should strive to better align them. protocols and responses within communities to normalize things at all levels.

The report presents 28 short-, medium- and long-term recommendations that city leaders will now strive to improve as the pandemic continues.

“Nashville has done as well or better than most cities its size, but we’ve still been able to identify those areas where we know if we do better we’ll be better prepared in the future,” Frist said. .

Twenty-eight recommendations and short, medium and long term actions were formulated. The recommendations should be followed by hospitals, community organizations, government, researchers, nonprofits, and business leaders.

“It gives a road map of how to do it. Not just all of a sudden, not just while the snake is at our feet and we need to react,” Frist said. “But over the next month, the next six months and the next year. If we follow this roadmap, we will certainly be better prepared to respond to the next variant.”

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