COVID-19 task force member says they will shut down businesses if spike continues

WATCH: COVID-19 task force member says they will shut down businesses if spike continues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The latest one day tally of new COVID-19 cases in Shelby County concerned one member of the COVID-19 task force.

Councilman Dr. Jeff Warren explained to FOX13′s Greg Coy why in a zoom interview.

“405 new cases just today,” Dr. Warren said. “How alarmed should be? We should be very alarmed. We should know that if we keep increasing or escalating at the pace we will overwhelm our hospital system, even with the surge hospital.”

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Dr. Warren said he will push the county health department as both councilmen and COVID -19 task force member to close business that may be contributing to new infections.

“We need to try and see where the problems are and close them down,” he said. “Right now we have been able to trace them to bars and restaurants who are not doing us correctly.”

“Look at Texas, look at Florida and this exponential growth. I am hoping that we will see something come this week. I am sure it will be discussed on Tuesday at the COVID meeting,” said Dr. Warren.

Dr. Warren told FOX13 the county health department can close businesses if deemed a public health nuisance and the City of Memphis can revoke a beer license for if the establishment violates policy.

“At phase two everybody said whoooaaa we are free and we can do whatever we want and it was back to normal,” he said. “And it wasn’t back to normal that’s the problem.”