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Nashville, Tennessee officials concealed "extremely low" coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in leaked emails, according to WZTV.

The leaked emails between a senior adviser to Nashville's mayor and a health department official reveal a "disturbing effort" to conceal the low number of coronavirus cases among people who patronize bars and restaurants without wearing masks or face coverings.

"On June 30th, contact tracing was giving a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes causing problems more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases," according to one leaked email obtained by WZTV.

In the same email chain, Leslie Waller from the health department asks "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

In another email exchange, Tennessee reporter Nate Rai asked the health department to clarify the low number of COVID cases coming from bars and restaurants.

"If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn't that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?"

His query left health department official Brian Todd scrambling for a suitable response.

He asked five other health officials: "Please advise how you respond. BT."

The response from an official whose name was redacted from the leaked email:

"My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site. We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be "because that number is increasing all the time and we don't want to say a specific number.""

For months now, conservatives have accused health officials of over-exaggerating the coronavirus pandemic to keep Americans on lockdown until after the November elections.

Atlanta has fully reopened after a 3-month lockdown. Every bar and nightclub within the Atlanta city limits is packed with patrons who don't wear masks or social distance.

There has not been a spike in coronavirus cases coming from bars and restaurants in Atlanta.

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A letter sent to residents of an apartment building in Ventura County, California is going viral on social media. The letter, sent to residents on July 17 by an apartment manager appears to trample all over the constitutional rights of the residents.

Acting on an order from the Ventura health department, the complex manager informed residents that they will be locked in their apartments until the results of their forced Covid-19 tests come back. Test results could take a week or more.

The apartment manager's gestapo-like tactics include security guards posted at all exits and entrances -- presumably to prevent the residents from fleeing, unless they are essential workers.

All resident key cards were "deactivated" to further restrict the residents' access to the outside.

The manager concludes the letter by reminding residents to keep their distance and wear a mask inside their apartments.

Imagine being forced to take an HIV test or a flu test and being locked in your apartment until the test results come back. Is that even legal?

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Update: According to Citizens Journal, the 7-story apartment building was home to elderly residents and people with behavioral disorders.

Legal mediator Kevin Daly writes: "I find it scary that the city would quarantine people for three days based on the positive Covid19 test of 1-2 people which are very suspect based on the high number of false positives and other factors."

He continued:

"I called Mayor Matt Lavere on the radio and he claimed to have no knowledge of what was transpiring at the apartment complex and claimed that it would be a county public health issue.I then called and left a message with the City of Ventura Fire Chief letting him know of potential for liability if residents were locked inside and a fire were to occur on the premises. Magically the quarantine was lifted that same day that I made the two phone calls."

Update II:

It gets worse. In a comment left on Citizens Journal, resident Melodye Jarvis detailed her harrowing experience with false imprisonment:

"I live in this building and none of you are getting the full cause of the tenants anger. Thursday night about 9pm the building was locked down without notice. Tenants couldn't go to the courtyard or get their cars into the parking lot, as I said no notice. The next morning people pounded on doors, shouted at us, ordered us around and herded us down the hall. Ater testing we were ordered back to our apartments and told the manager would get the results in 2 days after the weekend. Also we went from the one guard to keep unauthorized people out to 3 guards to keep us in. So it is not true that we could go out. People with dogs had no way to take them out A blind tenant had to have someone come and remove his service animal, leaving him totally unprotected. Many people complained to the Housing Authority and suddenly, the next day it was okay to go to the courtyard and if you checked out and in with the guards most could leave for short periods."

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