TN among 18 states that should roll back reopening, report for WH says


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) —Tennessee is among 18 U.S. states that should consider rolling back reopening, according to a report prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom, identified 18 states in the "red zone" for coronavius.

This comes as Tennessee is experiencing a record number of hospitalizations and about two thirds of counties have unacceptable transmission rates.

CPI outlined "red zone" states have, in the last week, "reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%.” Measures these states should take are wearing a mask at all times, practice social distancing, close all bars and gyms and limit social gatherings to 10 people.

Gov. Lee confirmed this week he is not planning on closing more businesses or issuing a mask mandate. Nashville is staying stagnant in a modified Phase Two reopening plan with bars closed until at least July 31.

According to CPI, the following states should consider scaling back reopening plans:

  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah

President Trump continues to urge states to reopen and for students to head back to school this Fall.