Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020

Governor Bill Lee

According to a report in the Tennessean, the state will not collect data or inform the public of the number of coronavirus cases or deaths at schools within the state. 

The Nashville paper reports that Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey said that there are no plans to provide the public with that information. 

The comments came shortly after Gov. Bill Lee announced Tuesday guidance for school reopening. 

The following day the Department of Heath clarified the official's statement by saying that it would not ask school specific information. 

The state will ask, however, systems to track cases, but the final say of  releasing that data is being kept at the local level.

The Times has approached both Coffee County and Manchester City schools concerning whether they plan to release that information. Further information from the schools will be posted as released.     

Additionally reported, the "Tennessee Education Association is encouraging the state to use data — such as new case rates, active case rates, positive tests, availability of tests and other measures — so educators, families and school boards can make informed choices about in-person instruction, TEA President Beth Brown said in a statement."

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