Report: Nashville among cities warned by White House task force to take ‘aggressive action’ against COVID-19

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A new report from the Center for Public Integrity says a leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned 11 major cities, including Nashville, to take “aggressive” action to mitigate COVID-19 outbreaks. 

According to the report, the cities were identified by Dr. Deborah Birx during a private phone call Wednesday. They include Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis. All have been dealing with increased testing positivity rates, the report states.

Dr. Birx told state and local leaders of those cities to act quickly in conducting contact tracing for those who test positive for the virus.

Brian Todd, a spokesperson for the Metro Nashville Public Health Department, told News 2 no one with his department or Mayor John Cooper’s office was on the call.

To read the full report, click here.

The information concerning the call comes one week after the Center for Public Integrity reported an unpublished report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommended current and “evolving hot spots” in multiple states, including Tennessee, mandate the public use of face masks and limit gathering sizes to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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