Gov. Lee may reverse his decision to share COVID-19 data with first responders

May 13, 2020


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) -- Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday he’s ready to reconsider his decision to share the state’s list of virus positive residents with first responders.


The policy has received unusual, bi-partisan pushback from Tennessee Democrats and conservative Republicans united by privacy concerns.


Lee told reporters Tuesday he made the decision to share data on quarantined Tennesseans in an effort to protect the health of police and EMTs.


He noted that, at the time, the state didn’t have enough masks and other protective gear to keep first responders safe. The governor says he’ll reconsider the policy now that protective equipment is more widely available.