Emails Show Nashville Leaders Covered Up Low Covid Infection Rate at Bars

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Emails between Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s senior advisor and the Nashville Metro Health Department reveal a disturbing attempt to cover up low infection rates at local businesses on the famous Broadway Ave.

Contact tracing data from the business district, which is comprised of many bars and restaurants, show that coronavirus cases may have been so low that the mayor’s office and the health decided to keep the information from the public.

The leaked emails show a the officials discussed the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle keep the news from getting to the public.

According to Fox 17:

On June 30th, contact tracing was given a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.

Leslie Waller from the health department asks, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?”

“Correct, not for public consumption,” writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

A month later, the health department was asked point blank about the rumor there are only 80 cases traced to bars and restaurants.

Tennessee Lookout reporter Nate Rau asks, “The figure you gave of ‘more than 80’ does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”

Health department official Brian Todd asked five health department officials, “Please advise how you recommend I respond.” …read more