Gov. Lee to quarantine after Executive Security Detail member tests positive for COVID-19

Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A member of Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Security Detail has tested positive for COVID-19.

The governor’s office released a statement saying Lee is feeling well and has tested negative for COVID-19 but out of an abundance of caution, he is quarantining at home with the First Lady until further notice.

The statement adds Governor’s Office protocol requires the use of masks and social distancing and no staff are believed to be positive at this time. 

Lee’s in-person briefing Wednesday afternoon was canceled. The governor instead provided an update to reporters by phone this with Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey.

On Tuesday, Lee attended a barbecue with members of the Tennessee Senate before attending a Department of Energy event in Oak Ridge later in the day.

First Lady, Maria Lee, visited two schools in Manchester on Tuesday.

Speaking with reporters by phone Wednesday afternoon, Lee said Maria would be getting tested as well. Late Wednesday afternoon, sources close to the First Lady told News 2 that she had tested negative.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander released a statement to the media regarding a visit to Oak Ridge with Governor Lee.

“On Tuesday, I visited Oak Ridge with Governor Lee.  I did not have any contact with the Governor’s security detail, and I hope the individual who tested positive has a speedy recovery. I wore my plaid mask and practiced social distancing as recommended by the CDC.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance recommends quarantine if you are exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and have been within 6-feet of that person for 15 minutes or more. 

Under the CDC guidance Senator Alexander is not required to take a diagnostic test or quarantine.  

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