Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, made a recommendation to shut down all bars and limit indoor seating for restaurants during a press conference, warning that Tennessee is on the verge of a rapid COVID-19 spread!
During the join press conference, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, show down the White House adviser's recommendation.
During the press conference, Birx state:
It is at this very moment where we could change the trajectory of the epidemic before it goes into full of what we call logarithmic spread, as we’ve seen across the South
Not long after Birx spoke, Governor Bill Lee said he would NOT close bars, limit indoor dining or even give county officials the authority to do so. He state:
Beyond the regions that currently have restrictions, that's not a plan for us now. I’ve said from the very beginning of this pandemic that there’s nothing off the table. I’ve also said that we are not going to close the economy back down, and we are not going to. But I appreciate their recommendations, and we take them seriously.
Birx reportedly also privately made her recommendations to Tennessee officials, including Lee, theTennessean reported. She warned that the state could see an increase in cases as asymptomatic young people unknowingly spread the virus.
Birx has also reportedly privately made her recommendations to other Tennessee officials, warning that the state could see an increase in cases of asymptomatic young people unknowingly spreading the virus.