Rep. Beck blames ‘highly risky’ special session for COVID-19 infection

Democratic state Rep. Bill Beck of Nashville is the latest House member to test positive for COVID-19. The lawmaker is blaming a “highly risky” special legislative session for his infection.

Lawmakers attend a House floor session in Nashville on March 16, 2020. Watching from the gallery are, from left, Reps. Johnny Garrett (R-Goodlettsville), Bob Freeman (D-Nashville), and Bill Beck (D-Nashville). (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

“Unfortunately, staying safe is a group effort and the General Assembly as a whole failed to follow the medical advice of wearing a mask and social distancing while in Nashville for the special session,” Beck said in a statement Thursday. “I and many others said this special session was unnecessary and highly risky. We have been proven right on both accounts.”

House Minority Leader Karen Camper (D-Memphis) disclosed she had tested positive after leaving the special session due to feeling ill. Others who have come down with COVID-19 include Reps. Gary Hicks (R-Rogersville), Kent Calfee (R-Kingston), and Mike Carter (R-Ooltewah). Rep. Glen Casada (R-Franklin) said he did not attend the special session because he had been exposed to COVID-19, but refused to say whether he had tested positive. Former Rep. Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland), now the mayor of his hometown, tested positive after serving as pastor of the day on the last day of the regular session in June.

Beck’s full statement follows.

In the interest of public health awareness, I must inform you that on Tuesday August 25th, I received the results that I had tested positive for COVID-19. I began experiencing symptoms on Sunday, August 23rd. I immediately self-isolated for the rest of the day and went to be tested first thing Monday morning, August 24th, at the drive-through Metro Nashville COVID-19 Assessment Center at Nissan Stadium. I would like to thank the hard-working staff and volunteers of all assessment centers in Nashville and across the state. Their dedication, professionalism, and efficiency on the frontlines of helping fight the spread of COVID-19 is to be commended.

I began experiencing symptoms eleven days after the end of the legislative special session called by Governor Lee. I took great pains to be as safe as I could since COVID-19 first became a threat to Tennesseans, following all medical guidelines to minimize the spread of this debilitating virus, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. Unfortunately, staying safe is a group effort and the General Assembly as a whole failed to follow the medical advice of wearing a mask and social distancing while in Nashville for the special session.

All essential government business had been completed by the General Assembly in our regular session. I and many others said this special session was unnecessary and highly risky. We have been proven right on both accounts. I will be shocked if I am the only member who caught COVID-19 while attending a special session that did nothing but provide businesses with immunity from legitimate COVID-19 lawsuits and criminalize the right of our citizens to peacefully assembly and protest their government.

I implore all of you to wear a mask anytime you leave your house, not only for your protection but also for the protection of others. Without a mask, you could be a spreader of this incapacitating virus, even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms. We’re all in this together. This horrific virus can be spread by and attack anyone, regardless of income level, social standing, or political party. The more vigilant we are about denying this devastating and sometimes lethal virus a host, the quicker we can all get back to the normality of safely working, visiting friends and family, eating at our favorite restaurants, and attending sporting events in person.

I will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and the advice of my healthcare providers. I appreciate your thoughts and prayers and respect for my family’s privacy while I recover from this potentially deadly virus.” 

25 Responses to Rep. Beck blames ‘highly risky’ special session for COVID-19 infection

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    MARLE says:

    So, he never got within 6 feet of anyone and always wore a mask (Always) and never touched his face without washing his hands first. And he still got it. Stay under the bed, lights out until whenever OR it could be YOU.

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    steve cates says:

    “Lights” and “under the bed” have nothing to do with transmitting and/or getting Covid. Requested safe practices will help in at least 70 percent of most normal situations if those near us and around us are doing the same. At this meeting of the TN General Assembly, many republicans made it a mantra NOT to follow safe practices. It’s a shame that one who did observe them was one of those to get sick. I wish him a speedy and uncomplicated recovery and hope none of his family got sick. ( I am always suspicious of comments in public forums like this when people commenting do not use their full, legal names! Actually I give them no credit whatsoever.)

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Perhaps if the leftwing totalitarians didn’t inflict “cancel culture” and “political correctness” on this country and so many “moderates” didn’t go along with this madness people would be more inclined to “. . .use their full, legal names.” Don’t be “suspicious” steve, it’s just the terrible times that some of your friends on the left have imposed on us.

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      MARLE says:

      Well Steve, then create a blog your own D self where you insist people use whatever name requirements you demand.

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    Eddie White says:

    Steve, you are right on both points, wearing masks and regarding those who will not post with their real names. . I do agree the session was necessary, but all representatives should have been wearing masks.

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      MARLE says:

      Eddie White? How many Eddie White’s do we suppose there are in TN. Using your real name when it’s as common as Joe Blow is real stand up of you. And there are nut jobs out there who don’t need to know the “real names”. Maybe you or maybe Steve aren’t using “real names”. You may say you are but how do we actually know.

      And what does it matter as long as the protocol of THIS blog is followed.

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        Eddie White says:

        Reading comprehension only is applicable to those who can express rational thoughts and then express their thoughts in a clear and concise manner without continuously having to explain what they really intended to say, or even better what they did not intend to say, while assuring the readers that the nucleus of the readers confusion is the lack of reading intelligence by all the other readers. Marle, or whatever your name is, you are no conservative and the Trump campaign certainly does not need your support or your vote.

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          MARLE says:

          The ONLY person I seem to have to explain to is YOU. YOU are the only one with such severe reading and memory issues that I have to repeat and clarify over and over. YOU. Only YOU

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    Karen Bracken says:

    The tests are extremely faulty and even the inventor of the test says they are not to be used for the purpose we are using them for. Testing positive means NOTHING and is being used to keep us locked down. Are people sick or dying in TN? No they are not. So they have to keep the federal money flowing by making up new cases by saying that someone NOT sick testing positive is a new case which is a flat out lie. ALL research shows masks do NOTHING to stop the spread of a virus. To think so is to agree you can stop a mosquito by using a chain link fence. The box those little blue and white masks come in clearly state they do not stop corona virus or influenza. This is all a hoax and the globalists that want a global reset are using it to change the entire world into a NWO. The number of cases are inflated with people dying of cancer or heart disease and even suicide being recorded as COVID. EVERYTHING about this is lie and the agenda is going to destroy this country which is what it is all about. The UN and the big Pharma whores are salivating and can hardly wait to push their agenda forward. And all the sheeple cower in fear which is what they are counting on. They know FEAR is a stronger weapon than bombs or bullets.

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      Perry Aubric says:

      “This is all a hoax,” says Karen. Ridiculous, head in the sand, willfully ignorant, conspiracy theory believing, lunatics believe stuff like this. Paranoid fools who peer around corners in dread of “the UN and big Pharma.” Afraid of the black helicopters, Karen? “All research show masks do nothing,” says our resident science denier. Such a statement is absolutely and demonstrably false. In other words, a lie.

      Folks, don’t believe someone who gets her information from fringe element websites or talk radio blowhards. Ask your doctor. Go ahead, take the time to ask your doctor. Give him or her a call, and ask. Then ask a family member of one of the 180,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. Ask someone who struggled to get of a ventilator. But don’t ask a nitwit who still thinks this is no different from the flu.

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    Blue Lady says:

    The 20+ or more dying everyday will be happy to hear from Katen that they are not dead!!!!!!?!!!!!

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    James White says:

    The virus is .13 microns. NO MASK MADE even the N95 will stop it. N95 will for greater than .3 microns and the mask the public wears will not for even 1.0 or more.
    He could have gotten the virus anywhere, where else did he go before and after? Where else did his ‘contacts’ family and friends go?
    How many attended did NOT get the virus?
    Statistics indicate extremely low from dying from this virus.

    They are guest conditioning us to take the vaxx.

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    Leslie says:

    “The box those little blue and white masks come in clearly state they do not stop corona virus or influenza.”

    Curiosity got the best of me so I just read a box in which the little blue and white masks are packaged. Mine does not clearly state they do not stop corona virus or influenza. It does say “The mask does not not eliminate the risk of contracting any disease or infection”

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    James White says:

    correction:
    coronavirus/influenza = 0.12 Microns
    smallpox = 0.2 microns
    staph = 0.8 microns
    elbola = 1.0 microns
    tb = about 3.0 microns

    N-95 masks tested to 0.3 microns

    Look on the box of ear loop mask. States it does not protect from any disease or infection. Does not provide any protection against COVID-19 (coronavirus) or other viruses or contaminants.

    I suggest you watch the movie “Out Break” and you will see what scientists use to protect from viruses.

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      Jonathan Swift says:

      James, if you ever have surgery performed on you, please save a little money and have the medical staff forgo wearing masks.

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        James White says:

        They ware them mostly to protect themselves from spray and splatter. Same science applies.

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          Jonathan Swift says:

          Yes, they do WEAR them to protect both themselves and the patient from aerosolized masses of body fluids that can contain viruses. The viruses cling to the fluids, which are indeed stopped by the maskes. You might learn a bit about science before you start sciencing.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      Come on James GIVE ME A BREAK! What is this with all this SCIENCE stuff? We’re talking about POLITICS don’t you know and the left has a progressively senile old man and his unattractive running mate to elect and they can’t very well do that with the economy markedly recovering over the next few weeks and children back to school so parents can go to work. Lock ‘er down our leftist friends shout in the hopes voters go from casting their ballots to the bread lines. After all, it’s not as though they have anything appealing to a majority of voters to offer.

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        James White says:

        Thank You !
        I am not a doctor, and I don’t play one on TV, but I would suggest that Rep. Beck take these daily for a week or two.
        Quercetin
        Zinc
        Elderberry
        Vitamin D
        Vitamin C

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    Donna Locke says:

    The thing is, evidence shows that one can get the virus and get sick again after one has already had the virus or some strain of it and then tested negative. Some research on this has shown the second infection is not from remnants of the first virus one caught.

    I wear the disposable masks and have no illusion that they protect me from much of anything. If you even walk through an area where an infected person has breathed, you can catch something.

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      Donna Locke says:

      If you have flown on commercial airplanes, you have subjected yourself to all kinds of germs. Years ago, a couple of CDC workers were on a plane and decided to swab the trays in front of them. They found TB and several other very bad germs.

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    Phil Lassiter says:

    He is a smart man but very whiney and very very liberal. Kinda like Rob Briley-blames others for their personal issues. I do hope he gets well, and very soon. The virus has definitely crossed the party line.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    Republicans have not learned a damn thing yet about this virus and don’t expect them to learn anything that has to do with science. To quote trump, “it’s sad!” 177,000 fellow Americans are dead from “some voodoo flu” that no can figure out. Under trumps guidance, the country lunges from one foolish and useless (R) theory to the next and ignores the scientists at their peril. They have no plan even after months of people dying. It is just too bad they have to take so many innocent people with them over the cliff. Witness last night at the trump convention circus, nearly 1,500 people gathered inside with ONE face mask in sight.
    November can’t get here fast enough.

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    Theo Morrison says:

    I’m sending prayers and wish Honorable Beck a speedy recovery!

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