Metro has set up a Social Distancing Shelter at the Fairgrounds. The access to that shelter is only possible through Nashville Rescue Mission. The goal of this shelter is to relieve the pressure on the current shelter system and allow for Nashville Rescue Mission’s guests to observe social distancing.
As of Friday, April 3, 150 people (75 single women and 75 single men) have chosen to relocate from Nashville Rescue Mission to the Fairgrounds. Again, we would like to stress that there is not direct access to the Fairground shelter.
An additional Isolation Shelter has opened for persons under investigation (PUI) that is run by health professionals. It is also on Fairgrounds property but in a separate building. PUI essentially refers to people who have shown symptoms and have been tested but are not ill enough to be submitted to a hospital. They are kept separate from each other in accordance to CDC guidelines to ensure minimal exposure in case a test returns positive. If determined a person tested positive, that person immediately will be sent to a different shelter for COVID-19 positive patients also run by health professionals. This particular shelter will be for positive tested patients who are not sick enough to remain in a hospital but have no home where they can self-isolate.
The photo in this post is NOT from Nashville, but reflects the six-foot distance set up in between cots at a social distancing shelter