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The Week After Tennessee Records the Highest Number of New Cases Isn’t the Time to Move Forward With Re-Opening Our State.

The Week After Tennessee Records the Highest Number of New Cases Isn’t the Time to Move Forward With Re-Opening Our State.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2020

NASHVILLE — Decorated Iraq War veteran and candidate for U.S. Senate James Mackler today commented on Governor Bill Lee’s intent to largely reopen Tennessee this week, a day after the state recorded its highest day-to-day jump in confirmed cases of COVID-19. The National Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines advise that states see a downward trajectory of documented cases or positive tests of COVID-19 within a 14-day period before considering reopening. Gov. Lee’s intentions to do so come as counties are running out of testing equipment and Tennessee has seen an increase of at least 5% of confirmed cases for five consecutive days.

“A healthy economy requires we have healthy people,” said James. “COVID-19 isn’t going to abide by arbitrary timelines and all available data shows that, per CDC guidelines, Tennessee isn’t ready to reopen and doing so prematurely will put Tennesseans at risk. The week after we record the highest number of new cases isn’t the time to move forward with re-opening our state.”

Earlier this month, James hosted a virtual town hall with emergency medicine physician and National Institutes of Health-funded researcher Doctor Michael Ward who urged Tennesseans to continue social distancing because “we’re not going to get over this faster by ignoring it.

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