Governor Bill Lee reversed course Tuesday by announcing that Giles County and all other schools in Tennessee will release data on COVID-19 despite initially declaring such information would not be collected by the state.
Lee faced loud pleas from the public to release more information during the pandemic.
Lee’s state health agency had stated last week that it would not collect nor report data regarding the virus in schools, which are currently in the early stages of opening for the new school year. That decision sparked alarm not only from open government advocates, but also parents concerned that they would have no way of knowing of an outbreak inside their local school district.
Lee conceded Tuesday that such information was valuable to the public and should be released.
According to Lee’s new school guidelines, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms or isolate 10 days from the date they were tested.