On Wednesday, WJHL reported that both of the major Republican Senate candidates in Tennessee, former ambassador Bill Hagerty and physician Manny Sethi, may have been exposed to coronavirus at a recent public event.
"Hamilton County Health Department confirmed Wednesday there was a virus exposure at a Lincoln Day Dinner in Chattanooga, a GOP event that was held Friday," said the report. "According to the county, case investigations concluded that a person attended the event while in their infectious period. Senate GOP hopefuls Manny Sethi and Bill Hagerty were in attendance. They are locked in a tough race for an open seat."
In response to the report, Sethi has said that he will get a "rapid test."
Campaign photos from both candidates show that neither of them, including Sethi, who is a medical doctor, have taken any steps to practice social distancing or follow other CDC guidelines at recent political stops, even though Tennessee is seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
The GOP candidates for Senate in Tennessee are doing an amazing job encouraging social distancing. #TNSen https://t.co/c349ylVNB6— Niles Edward Francis (@Niles Edward Francis)1596260513.0