A city council member in Nashville has come out and accused the Mayor John Cooper’s office of intentionally fabricating coronavirus case numbers tied to restaurants and bars to try and hide the fact the real numbers were very low.
“The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor’s office and the metro health department decided to keep it secret,” FOX 17 News Nashville revealed Wednesday. The revelation in question came about thanks to emails between a senior adviser to the mayor and a health department official.
via Daily Wire:
“The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that and most disturbingly how to keep it from the public,” the station said. “On June 30th, contact tracing was giving 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.”
Health department official Leslie Waller asked senior adviser Benjamin Eagles: “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?
Eagles responded: “Correct, not for public consumption.”
A reporter, Nate Rau, then asked an official working for the health department, “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?”
Brian Todd, the health department official in question, then forwarded that email to five other officials at the department, asking them how he should respond to the question.
One of the officials said, “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.’”
When asked by a local station whether or not this email exchange was authentic, neither the mayor’s office, nor the health department provided an answer.
However, a city council member did indeed confirm the emails.
Steve Glover asked an attorney with the government to inquire around about the emails. He soon got a response stating that there was verification made from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that the emails were real.
Folks, the radical left has infiltrated your local government too. Politics isn’t just about Washington, D.C. If the pandemic has taught us one thing, it’s the importance of being involved in local politics as they impact us, for better or worse, on a daily basis. Much more so than national politics.