LEAKED EMAILS: Nashville Mayor Covered Up COVID-19 Cases To Keep Restaurants Shut Down
Newly leaked emails show that Nashville’s Metro Health Department and mayor potentially covered up lower Coronavirus cases. The cover-up seems to be motivated by keeping the city’s restaurants and bars closed.
The emails, exchanged between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department, are unsettling. The two parties discuss concealing low coronavirus cases related to the restaurant industry from the general public. Such a nefarious move served to lower the heat on those calling for restaurant and bar reopenings.
Contact tracing from June 30th pointed heavily to construction and nursing homes as the main spreaders of new coronavirus cases. All in all, of 20,000 coronavirus cases, only 80 were linked to bars and restaurants.
And so the cover-up begins.
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.
The downward spiral continues after a reporter asks for more information.
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.”
But its the following email which seems to undoubtedly reveal a massive coverup. Though the sender’s name is truncated, the email’s contents are clear.
“My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site.
We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be because that number is increasing all the time and we don’t want to say a specific number.”
Councilmember Steve Glover had a Metro staff attorney inquire into the email’s legitimacy.
“I was able to get verification from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that these emails are real,” the staff attorney answered.
Glover says this is Metro Nashville orchestrating a cover-up.
“They are fabricating information,” Glover said. “They’ve blown there entire credibility Dennis. It’s gone, I don’t trust a thing they say going forward …nothing.”
Glover says he has been contacted by an endless stream of downtown bartenders, waitresses and restaurant owners asking why would officials not release these numbers?
“We raised taxes 34 percent and put hundreds literally thousands of people out of work that are now worried about losing their homes, their apartments…and we did it on bogus data. That should be illegal,” Glover said.
COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor’s office show disturbing revelation https://t.co/RSUg7KlfiL
— Paul Zeise (@PaulZeise) September 17, 2020
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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