Tennessee Department of Health Data Proves Nashville Officials Misled the Public on COVID-19 Claims


Nashville officials told local residents last Friday that surrounding counties had suddenly surpassed the city in its COVID-19 count, but they could only claim that because prisoners two counties away contracted the virus.

On Tuesday The Tennessee Department of Health provided The Tennessee Star with raw data to demonstrate how Nashville officials mischaracterized the situation.

As reported, those prisoners, 1,299 inmates and 50 staff members at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center in Hartsville, tested positive for the virus.

Those cases were all asymptomatic.

Nashville officials likely claimed this to make the case that local businesses should remain closed and residents should continue to remain at home.

This, after members of Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s office, the Metro Department of Health, and the Tennessee Department of Health did not directly answer our one pressing question:

“Can you please break down the confirmed COVID-19 numbers for each of the counties in the Mid Cumberland Region for last Thursday and Friday of last week (April 30 and May 1)?”

As reported, counties in the Mid Cumberland Region, which surround Davidson, include Trousdale. Trousdale County does not border Davidson County.

But TDH officials gave us the raw data, and we calculated the answers ourselves.

According to that data, on Thursday, April 30 all of the Mid Cumberland Region counties had a combined total of 2,318 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Davidson County, which, again, is not formally a part of the Mid Cumberland Region, had 2,612 confirmed cases. So, on this date, Davidson County still had higher virus numbers than all of the Mid Cumberland counties combined.

However, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Trousdale County increased from 123 on Thursday to 1,020 on Friday, May 1. The number of cases in Trousdale dramatically increased as prison officials announced the numbers at their facility.

Take the Trousdale County numbers into account, and there were 3,277 confirmed COVID-19 cases for the Mid Cumberland Region counties on Friday and 2,652 confirmed cases for Davidson County. At this point the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mid Cumberland Region counties exceeded those in Davidson County.

The Mid Cumberland Region numbers do not precisely match the 3,227 count that Metro Coronavirus Task Force Chair Alex Jahangir delivered at a press conference Friday. Nor do they precisely match the 2,832 number he delivered for Davidson County that day.

Regardless, without the asymptomatic rise in numbers at the Trousdale prison, Davidson County would still exceed surrounding counties in its number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Nashville officials still have not said whether it’s fair or accurate to cite numbers from a prison under these circumstances.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Nashville Mayor John Cooper” by the City of Nashville.







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7 Thoughts to “Tennessee Department of Health Data Proves Nashville Officials Misled the Public on COVID-19 Claims”

  1. Jane

    PLEASE watch Dr. Judy Mikovits set the record straight on Robert Redfield (CDC), Bill Gates, and Tony Fauci (NIH)! Youtube, Facebook, etc., are taking this down!!


  2. Wolf Woman

    Please, please state of Tennessee take over Metro’s finances and cut the bureaucracy to the bone.

    There are three departments in Metro that have “Justice” in their title and none have to do with the court system. And then there’s the diversity departments and the civilian oversight committee to make sure Metro LE understands who criminals are and how to treat them. I could go on and on about the non-essential crap we pay for in Nashville.

  3. 83ragtop50

    Business as usual in Nashville politics.

  4. Horatio Bunce

    Trousdale is the smoking gun.

    53% positive rate among inmates, 17% among staff. Nobody had symptoms. Compare that to State testing results for everyone else. Only testing people with symptoms…7% positive.

    No way to explain that away. The ACLU strangely not concerned about dictatorial executive orders and losing liberty, but fighting to set prisoners loose so they don’t get the virus. Well, if they are all cooped up and cannot social distance, then why aren’t even more of them infected? Why aren’t ANY of them sick? Shouldn’t Bill Lee be rushing freezers, ventilators and digging mass graves for all those infected prisoners? They should be dropping dead in a couple of weeks, right? Bodies will be piping up at Trousdale…unless we have been lied to.

    How many of the prisoners received flu shots during their incarceration? How many of the Corona positives received flu shots? Which brands and standard or the 4X high dose?

  5. rick

    It is Metro’s policy to lie to the people or it is generic democratic policy. Thru this scamdemic Cooper has shown not to be much of a leader only a smooth talking liar. Nashville has gone three for three on loser Mayors, Berry, Briley and Cooper!

  6. Steve Allen

    Of course they did. Democrats historically have shown time and time again how they will shamelessly lie to promote their socialist agenda.

  7. I think China is the real culprit here, they can stop the virus from spreading if they want but they don’t care about it and now everyone is facing problems due to that.