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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee answers questions during a news conference July 1 in Nashville. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Despite record-high COVID-19 infections among school-age children and school districts struggling to stay open, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is standing by his administration's response, insisting parents — not officials — know what's best for their children.

"I still believe that a parent is the best decider of what is appropriate for their child," Lee said during a Thursday news conference. "That's been driving our strategy thus far."

Daily infections among children between ages 5 and 18 have climbed to the highest level since the pandemic began, state data shows. In total, more than 154,000 children between ages 5 and 18 have been infected since the start of the pandemic.

Read more at our news partner's website, tennessean.com.

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