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Health officials say 'failure of responsibility' led to COVID-19 spike and opening rollback

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Nashville health officials say it's no mystery what led to the COVID-19 spike forcing the city to roll back its economic recovery plan.

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Metro Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. James Hildreth was blunt, saying “What’s happening is a failure of responsibility.”

Hildreth urged Nashville residents to be diligent about social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks in public.

Task Force Chair Dr. Alex Jahangir noted coronavirus hot spots have been identified at ten Music City bars. Metro bars are now closed again for at least two weeks.

Health officials stressed they’ve seen no evidence that recent protests downtown are contributing to the spike in new infections.

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