Gov. Bill Lee Declares State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus

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Thursday morning, Governor Bill Lee held a press conference to update Tennesseans on the status of coronavirus (COVID-19), declaring a state of emergency.

  • The emergency declaration will allow the state to receive federal emergency funds
  • While the risk to general population is still low, Gov Lee urges all residents to take this issue seriously, even if you are not in the vulnerable population.
  • The vulnerable population are those with underlying health issues such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness.
  • Gov Lee also urges those who are vulnerable to stay home if possible and definitely avoid large gatherings.
  • Regarding testing, the State Lab has test kits to test 500 individuals plus private labs are now able to test.
  • The majority of coronavirus Tennessee patients have received care at home, but 2 Tennesseans have been hospitalized
  • Currently, there are 9 confirmed cases in Tennessee.
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