Confirmed coronavirus cases from Nashville’s bars and restaurants were so low that the Tennessee city’s Metro Health Department decided to withhold the data from the public, emails from the mayor’s office show.
The emails discuss the low amount of coronavirus cases traced to restaurants and bars and how to hide those figures, Fox 17 Nashville reported. Contact tracing commissioned over the summer found that construction crews and nursing homes were more responsible for the virus’s spread than Nashville’s restaurants and bars, which reported just 22 cases as of June 30.
In response to the findings, one health department official asked, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?” the emails showed.
“Correct, not for public consumption,” said Benjamin Eagles, a senior advisor to Nashville Mayor John Cooper, the following message shows.
A month later, Nashville’s health department was confronted about a rumor that the state capital’s restaurants and bars led to only 80 cases by a reporter for the Tennessean, according to Fox 17. (RELATED: Tennessee House Votes To Be Second Amendment Sanctuary State)
Why won’t you respond to media inquiries about your coronavirus cases?https://t.co/4Y3OBne9Jd
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September