Did the Nashville mayor hurt businesses by intentionally hiding the number of people who were sick?

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NASHVILLE, TN –According to several reports, it appears that the City of Nashville, Tennessee has been intentionally skewing their positive COVID-19 numbers.  Not because they are so high, but rather, because they are so low.

Recent emails have been released from Fox News which show conversations between the Democratic Mayor’s Office, John Cooper, and the Metro Health Department.  The emails paint a picture that the two entities were intentionally covering up the low number of positive cases stemming from bars.

Contract tracing was done on June 30th which explored a number of COVID-19 clusters.  A majority of the positive cases stemmed from construction and nursing homes with more than a thousand traced from each one. 

However, bars and restaurants only had a total of 22 cases as per Fox News, drastically different from the number reported, 80.

Metro Health Department employee, Leslie Waller, obviously had reviewed the numbers and emailed Cooper’s office, saying:

“This isn’t going to be publicly released, right?  Just for Mayor’s Office?”

Senior advisor for Cooper, Benjamin Eagles replies:

“Correct, not for public consumption.”

Nate Rau, a reporter for the Tennessee Lookout was not satisfied with the amount that was reported, initially, by the authorities. 

Rau said:

“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?”

This is, of course a huge problem since these businesses are greatly suffering.  If the numbers are being intentionally skewed, business is being lost that does not need to be.

Brian Todd, another member of the health department, after seeing the question, asks other health department officials:

“Please advise how you recommend I respond.”

The email response, from Fox 17 News, should shock and concern anyone who reads it. 

The unnamed person says:

“My two cents.  We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those number 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.”

Initially, the authenticity of the emails was in question, and rightfully so, after all, if they are accurate it certainly paints the picture of a cover up.  City Council Member, Steve Glover, concerned with the implication, had a Metro staff attorney ascertain if they were real or not. 

The attorney responded:

“I was able to get verification from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that these emails are real.”

Glover’s response:

“They are fabricating information.  They’ve blown their entire credibility…It’s gone, I don’t trust a thing they say going forward…nothing.”

Glover, concerned with the inaccurate information being released, and the fact that many workers and residents have been adversely affected, told Fox 17 News:

“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.”

In August, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation reported an estimated loss of $2.4 billion in revenue from visitors as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions in the area.  They estimate that they are losing $100 million every week according to the Tennessean. 

Cooper, because of the loss of revenue, has asked the Governor’s Office for an additional $82.6 million dollars in relief.  Cooper, in his September 8th letter, wrote:

“In its first year, our administration has demonstrated its ability to prudently and swiftly address Nashville’s legacy financial challenges as well as deploy CARES Act funds (CRF) to date.  However, Nashville requires a robust, speedy federal and state response in order to effectively jumpstart its economy and the economy of the entire state along with us.”

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In July, Law Enforcement Today brought you the story of Florida’s inflated numbers as well. 

ORLANDO, FL- On Monday, a FOX 35  Orlando investigation discovered an inflation of coronavirus cases by the Florida Department of Health. According to the investigation, in its aggregation and publication of test results from laboratories, the Sunshine State’s health authorities “misreported” the number of persons testing positive for coronavirus.

According to Breitbart, FOX 35 anchor, Charles Billi explained why the investigation was conducted.

He said:

“We found numerous labs that are only reporting positive test results, so they show a 100% positivity rate. That got our attention.”

According to FOX 35, after they noticed errors in the state’s report on positivity rates, the Florida Department of health said that some laboratories have not been reporting negative test result data to the state. 

Countless labs have reported a 100 percent positivity rate, which means every single person tested was positive. Other labs had very high positivity rates. In the investigation, FOX 35 found that testing sites like “one local Centra Care, reported that 83 people were tested and all tested positive. Then, NCI Diagnostics in Alachua reported 88 percent of tests were positive.” *************** 

FOX 35 investigated these astronomical numbers by contacting every local location mentioned in the report. The report showed that Orlando Heath had a 98 percent positivity rate, however, when FOX 35 contacted the hospital, they confirmed those errors in the report. Orlando Health’s positivity rate is only 9.4%, NOT 98% as shown in the report.

The report also showed that the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76 percent. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for the VA told FOX 35 that the percentage in the report does not accurately reflect their numbers.  In fact, their positivity rate for the VA is actually 6%.

On Tuesday, when FOX 35 spoke with the Florida Department of Health, they confirmed that although both private and public laboratories are required to report positive AND negative results to the state immediately, some have not.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said:

“The Department immediately began working with those labs to ensure that all results were being reported in order to provide comprehensive and transparent data. As the state continues to receive its results from various labs, the Department will continue educating these labs on proper protocol for reporting COVID-19 test results.”

Currently, Florida is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, reporting the state’s daily reported cases have gone from about 2,000 a day a month ago to over 12,000 a day. On Tuesday, state health officials reported the largest single-day increase in deaths yet, as 132 more were announced.

According to FOX 35, doctors had been predicting that a surge in deaths would follow Florida’s jump in daily reported cases. The growing caseload is partly driven by increased testing, but a larger percentage of tests are coming back positive, jumping from 6% a month ago to more than 18%.

While Florida has now broken the national records for jumps in cases, the state’s death toll is nowhere near the national record. When COVID-19 was spreading rapidly through New York three months ago, it recorded 799 deaths in one day on April 9th and had a top seven-day average of 763 deaths on April 14th. Currently, New York now has one of the nation’s lowest death rates per capita, recording 10 per day over the last week.

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