Byrd airlifted to Nashville hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

Embattled Rep. David Byrd (R-Waynesboro) attends a House Education Committee meting in Nashville on March 28, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

State Rep. David Byrd was flown from Wayne County to a Nashville hospital over the weekend after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and pneumonia.

Byrd, of Waynesboro, attended a recent House Republican Caucus meeting while not wearing a face covering. Days earlier, he hosted a dinner for dozens of GOP colleagues attending a caucus retreat at Pickwick Landing State Park, The Tennessean reported.

Byrd has been under fire since being accused — and never explicitly denying — of sexual misconduct with high school basketball players when he was their coach in the 1980s. When momentum was growing to launch an official investigation into the allegations last year, Bryd told colleagues he wouldn’t run for re-election this year. But he changed his mind on the eve of the candidate filing deadline in April, saying he wanted to remain in the General Assembly to help guide the state’s response to COVID-19.

23 Responses to Byrd airlifted to Nashville hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    I believe it is time to start charging people criminally for having no mask. It’s the only way we can protect ourselves. Please pass the necessary laws to MAKE everyone wear a mask at least till next Summer.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Madame Defarge must be in a good mood because, well, it’s Christmas. I am pleasantly surprised she didn’t advocate summary execution.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Of course, mask shaming must be the priority of the day. And the ever present reminder of unproven alkegations that apparently do not resound with Representative Byrd’s constituency. Prayers for Representative Byrd and his family. And prayers for those that hasten to condemn others purely based on mask habits. People have totally lost all capabilities to truly evaluate based join science.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    I hope he recovers, and I hope his illness will convince people that this disease is serious. Be safe.

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      Karen Bracken says:

      The flu is always serious but this flu has been politicized.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        If you think that this disease that has killed nearly 300,000 Americans is “the flu,” you are the biggest fool alive. Ask your doctor if it is “the flu,” aptly-named Karen, and let us know what answer you get.

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    Tim Skow says:

    It may be time to MAKE a law to MAKE Beatrice move to San Francisco where the S.F Mayor and California Governor would MAKE her wear a mask and MAKE her follow their mandates … BUT … where the S.F Mayor and CA Governor do not follow their own mandates that they MAKE.

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      MARLE says:

      All of Davidson Country TN (Nashville) has a mask order. And I hope Sen Byrd makes a full recovery and does so without the special Therapies that have been offered to Ben Carson (he says his recovery is b/c of monoclonal antibodies), Chris Christie and a raft of other Special People while “the little people” die at a rate of One every 35 seconds.

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      I am from Portland and my family ABSOLUTELY follows the guidelines of public officials. No one has any idea what you’re talking about with the California Governor and Mayors.

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        Stuart I. Anderson says:

        Portland, Main or Oregon. . .but on second thought I withdraw the question. Beatrice is exactly what frightens me every time some refugee from a leftist fever swamp lands here and seeks to infect Tennessee with the political pathologies of their old home town.

        I know exactly about the hypocrisy of the California leftist control freaks that Tim was speaking about. The fact that Beatrice is unaware of what Tim is referring to indicates that Beatrice is simply an uninformed leftist which is why she is such a true believer.

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    steve cates says:

    It is not so much that Byrd has probably brought this on himself, but the fact that by being careless and, by his example, encouraging others to do the same, he has brought MORE work on the already overburdened health care workers in our state. If the lack of good protocols regarding this virus would ONLY affect the people who practice them, then the not-wearing would be fine. Unfortunately, it does not and therein lies the big, big problem!!!

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    MARLE says:

    The Political leaders who have made the news nationally for not abiding by their own directives are People who will get the best therapies because of their positions of power. The consequence to them has a Very good chance of being minimal since they have access to dexamethasone for hey wire Cytokine Storm immune issues (as apparently was the case with Trump) AND to the all-important monoclonal antiboidies to fight the virus itself.

    Setting an cavalier behavioral example which is then followed by the other 100’s of Millions of Americans who have virtually No access to these therapies is despicable b/c it is sentencing many of these folks to serious costly health consequences.

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    James White says:

    Ever wonder why those that Wear the Mask still get COVID-19?

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      MARLE says:

      B/c they aren’t doing the other 2 things…..social distancing or hand washing. AND they lie. They are wearing paper thin masks or ones made of knit (for god’s sakes). Or wearing them as I say several store clerks doing Below their nose. Or wearing them “sometimes”. The big stat offered this week was that 75% of Americans say they wear a mask “Almost………….. all the time”. Well, that explains a lot!

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    Pamela DeMatteo-Linn says:

    I hope he is paying for being airlifted and not the taxpayers.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Yea, and I don’t want people who ride motorcycles, and/or mountain climb, and/or sky dive, or even regularly travel by single engine propeller driven aircraft etc. etc. to be covered for their mishaps by any healthcare insurance I’m a part of as an insured or taxpayer. I’m with you Pamela, let’s have all people who don’t behave the way Pamela and I behave placed on some sort of assigned risk type of insurance with premiums to reflect their aberrant behavior.

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        MARLE says:

        Your insurance company is in the Business of assessing risk and assigning a dollar value to the premiums to reflect that. YOU get a choice of which insurer you wish to use. Taxpayers don’t get a choice. They pay for all the “services” to all sorts of behaviorally challenged people and whatever bills they rack up get passed onto the taxpayer. Hey….what could be wrong with that picture?

        Don’t wear a mask, go out in large crowds, get covid, spend a million dollars in the ICU and taxpayers will pick up the tab for your bravado.

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    Misty Pardner says:

    Byrd flown to Nashville. Lol

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    The republican idea of Freedom…Freedom to infect others from their denial. It sounds crass but maybe they just have to learn from their mistakes. The really sad part is innocent healthcare professionals and the general public that do wear a mask are the ones that suffer the consequences of these uneducated or otherwise questionable beliefs. This virus/mask denial defies science and current medical best practices.

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    Sam I Am says:

    Maybe this was God’s way of saying wear a mask properly. DO NOT wear a dead squirrel on your head … and DO NOT moleste the young ladies that you were ONLY suppose to teach basketball/softball and not sex education.

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