Gov. Lee in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Gov. Bill Lee speaks at a press conference on Tennessee’s coronavirus response in Nashville on March 16, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Gov. Bill Lee and his wife, Maria, are in quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19 by a member of his security detail. The governor has tested negative so far for the virus.

Here’s a statement from Lee’s office:

Today, a member of the Governor’s Executive Security Detail has tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. Lee is feeling well and has tested negative for COVID-19 but out of an abundance of caution, he is quarantining at home with the First Lady until further notice. Governor’s Office protocol requires masks and social distancing and no staff are believed to be positive at this time. 

19 Responses to Gov. Lee in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

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    steve cates says:

    I am shocked he did not get “exposed” at the ill-fated meeting at the White House when he and his wife were pictured maskless and certainly not socially distancing. I also saw him maskless in a boat at some sort of political gathering here in TN, piled up with a large group of similarly -unmarked folks!!

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      How embarrassing it must be, or at least should be, for those who have elevated masks, apparently any mask, to the level of religious icon as reports have recently been released showing how comparatively useless the vast majority of masks are in preventing the spread or acquisition of the Chinese Flu.

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        MARLE says:

        And the high priest and priestess of the mask were the brilliant darlings of the daily White House Coronavirus Task daily briefings. Among Trump’s plethora of mistakes (verbal and behavioral) in handling of this fiasco, Fauci and Birx are the biggest missteps of this whole, sorry pandemic.

        The shifting sand of “masks aren’t necessary” to “masks should be mandatory” is the gift given to the Dems by this duet, elevated to celebrity status by Trump himself.

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          Perry Aubric says:

          And, Marle, you are an even bigger fool. Fauci and Birx are scientists, real doctors. How do you get from career medical experts to “Dems”? Not everything on earth is Republican vs Democrat, no matter what your puppetmaster Limbaugh tells you. Geeez, the willful ignorance of the Trump morons has gone from just being ridiculous to actually being deadly.

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            But Perry, you’re the one who is making MARLE’s simple statement a “Republican vs Democrat” thing which is not her point at all. She is simply criticizing what she regards as the Administrations mishandling of the pandemic. The “Dems” are peripheral to the point she was making insofar as they simply would be the ones taking advantage of the mishandling. See? She didn’t “, , ,get from career medical experts to ‘Dems'” at all. All that lecturing and name calling for nothing.

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            MARLE says:

            Fauci had at the outset of the virus 40 years of experience (at Government agencies) in Upper respiratory Contagious viral disease.

            How do you not have know in all that time the degree to which a Mask does OR does not protect on droplet or aerosol spread. We took, back in Jan 2020 the US citizens from the Princess Cruise lines into our “custody” and quarantined them for observation. The Chinese gave us on Jan 11 the Genome sequencing of the Covid-2 virus.

            There should have been NO Question from paid professionals as to HOW this virus spread and whether masks were a protection. Fauci’s only usefulness, in practical terms, was not to give the public truthful information in a timely manner, but to be co-opted by the Dems. AND Trump set all this in motion

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            MARLE says:

            He was making my point. And when you can’t read with comprehension you have no possibility but to make a fool of yourself.

            Having LSAT scores good enough to get you accepted into American Univ Law School and into UNC Chapel Hill Law school AND having Miller’s Analogy score putting you into the top 2% and sufficient to get you admitted into Mensa it’s hard to understand how folks like Perry can’t read simple statements, and read them accurately for content. Sad, really. But in America even those without basic reading skills can be successful. That is something to celebrate.

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        Perry Aubric says:

        And how does your constant idiotic and erroneous designation of the coronavirus as “the Chinese flu” make it less deadly or contagious, or absolve the incompetent and dishonest Trump Administration of its mismanagement of the pandemic response, the deaths of 210,000-plus Americans, and the complete failure of our government to deal with it–worse than any other country? It started in China; so damn what? What matters is how America has dealt with it…badly, thanks to the ignorant Trumpster and his sheeplike moron cult members.

        You are dead wrong about masks, and you are making a fool out of yourself as usual, Stuart. Ask your doctor about masks, Stuart. I know it won’t correspond with what you get from Sean Hannity or Phil Valentine, but ask your doctor.

        In fact, I challenge everyone looking at this site to as your doctor about wearing masks, and see what response you get.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          No not yet Perry. If your leftist totalitarian friends gain office there will be strict laws, rules and regulations that excite you so much governing what we can name things by gosh but that day hasn’t arrived just yet. Actually, the Chinese are getting off easier than the Spanish did in the last pandemic which was, and is, called the “Spanish Flu” even though it there is little evidence that it began in Spain. On the other hand the current pandemic absolutely began in China and came to the world thanks to the Chinese. Hence it is the “Chinese Flu.” Understandably the Red Chinese are rather sensitive about calling the flu by that name. The WHO, U.S. corporations, Joe Biden and family, and apparently you Perry are very, very careful not to displease their Red Chinese friends. Sorry, I didn’t get the memo.

          If you didn’t get yourself so easily inflamed by sentiments with which you disagree you would be better at understanding what you are reading then intelligently responding. I didn’t say anything about not wearing a mask, rather I was criticizing elevating masks “. . .to the level of a religious icon” which leads to Kroger employees being required to wear masks while they are working alone on an isle in a store with a handful of customers or the left liberal governor telling those poor Californians to wear masks between bites while eating in a restaurant, or the demented Biden wearing super-sized masks while alone on a podium etc. etc. “The party of science” descending into fanatical religious zealotry and apparently you following right along with them.

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          Donna Locke says:

          Perry, I took my mother to her primary care doctor recently–he is also my doctor, though I avoid doctors as much as possible–and he was not wearing a mask. My mother and I were. I didn’t care.

          I learned not to trust medical opinions a long time ago. Do your own research. Follow your intuition and what you know about your own body. Many doctors don’t keep up and will flat kill you if you accept everything without question. In medicine, one size never fits all or even most.

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            Donna Locke says:

            There is a high concentration of this infection in some minority groups, including Latinos. Almost invariably when I am in Kroger or Walmart, the Latino customers are not masked, though signs are posted that masks are required. I always move as far away I can in the store, but anyone infected is putting the virus into the air, and it stays there.

            The so-called vaccines will probably be useless, since it’s already known that the antibodies to this virus don’t last long.

            An older person’s best bet for survival is helping one’s immune system with zinc, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and Sambucol black elderberry extract syrup, all of which can be bought without prescription.

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      Beatrice Shaw says:

      I saw that picture of him also at the Lake!!! I could I ABSOLUTELY could NOT believe he was that foolish with all those people around and his responsibility to Tennessee!!!! I am betting his security detail was also at the lake

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Republicans just love to share “FREEDOM!” That freedom to infect others, they don’t care. It doesn’t matter what the doctors at the overworked hospitals are begging the public to understand. Those republicans know they are right, they just go about their business and will not do what the infectious disease specialists request. They learn the hard way.

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      Phil Lassiter says:

      Those ‘overworked’ people at hospitals (especially in administration) are making a mint on grants and free money from the government. Nurses, etc are making twice the money. Doctors are making tons off insurances, etc. Covid is a boom!! for medicine. Do not let a medical professional with an education tell you it’s tough. Money is rolling

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      Eddie White says:

      Always amusing to read the posts, half calling Trump stupid for not listening to his scientist, and the other half calling Trump stupid for listening to his scientist. Democracy is a wonderful thing. It allows people to sit on the sidelines 6 months after the fact and tell the rest of us what went wrong.

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        MARLE says:

        For most intelligent people knowing what went wrong is the foundation for not repeating mistakes. So figuring out what went wrong is Precisely a useful exercise especially in advance of giving the Mistake Maker 4 more years. Your approach of following blindly, refusing to acknowledge that Anything went wrong is not in the best interest of anyone.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Tell the 215,000 people that are dead from Covid about how the hospital nurses are “making twice the money” and doctors are “making tons off insurance.” See what they say. What a foolish statement!
    As far as what to call this virus, in time it will most likely become know as the TRUMP VIRUS as his and his administration’s total failure to control the pandemic (as judged against any other country in the world) will become recognized as the cause of such incredible and unnecessary suffering and death in decades. Adding to this confusion are the thousands of republicans that cling to their odd beliefs that the rules and health suggestions are made for others, not them. Our doctors and nurses are pleading with the public to wear masks and follow guidelines. Ask any nurse in your community to tell you about her or his days’ work.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    Hunter, just keep smoking that crack—your dad took the kickback!

    Speaking of Cocaine, has anyone heard what Casada’s Crony Cocaine Cade Cothren is up to these days? Have to keep an eye on him (them) or they will be setting up PACs for the Chamber and similar organizations too fleece money. Keep them all shut down!!

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