The Mayor of Nashville has some explaining to do after he was caught covering up low coronavirus numbers in order to continue restrictions.
Leaked email exchanges between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department show a disturbing discussion involving the low numbers of coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in the city.
On June 30th, contract tracing data showed that construction and nursing homes were the main cause of the cases in the area. Bars and restaurants reported a mere 22 cases.
FOX 17 exposed how the city handled the data:
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.
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. “
The name at the top of the response is clipped off but you may find the answer unacceptable.
“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.”
Neither the health department nor the mayor’s office would confirm the authenticity of the emails but councilmember Steve Glover had a Metro staff attorney inquire. Here’s the official answer:
“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 believes Metro Nashville is covering up data.
“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 also said he has been inundated with calls from bartenders, waitresses, and restaurant owners furious over the revelation.
“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.
Only Democrats would think low coronavirus cases are bad.