Gov. Bill Lee declares state of emergency as Tennessee works to combat spread of coronavirus
Gov. Bill Lee declares state of emergency as Tennessee works to combat spread of coronavirus by Joel Ebert for The Tennessean
TDC Note – Following President Trump’s lead and getting in front this thing instead of allowing it to dictate.
As coronavirus continues to spread throughout the world, including Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency on Thursday while making plans to shore up the state’s medical resources in anticipation of a wave of new patients.
The governor’s action comes one day after the World Health Organization said COVID-19 had become a global pandemic, President Donald Trump ordered a ban on air travel from Europe, the NBA suspended its season and schools throughout Tennessee said they’d shutter campuses.
Lee’s decision to declare a state of emergency comes two days after he said he such a move wasn’t yet necessary until Tennessee had seen “clusters of affected patients.”
“We believe there clearly will be more cases,” Lee said Thursday on the need for the emergency declaration, minutes before a flood of sporting events were cancelled.
“This emergency is declaration is an important next step in our efforts to treat and mitigate the impact of this disease,” the governor said.
As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday, state officials said Tennessee had nine detected cases of COVID-19.
With the emergency declaration, Tennessee will join an ever-growing number of states to take similar action. As of Wednesday, at least 28 had declared states of emergency, according to the National Governors Association.
The declaration will also give Tennessee access to additional federal funding to combat the coronavirus. Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Tennessee was set to receive $10 million from the federal government to help with the state’s response.
First case declared one week ago
Since Tennessee’s first case of the coronavirus was announced last week, Lee and others stressed the state was prepared and drastic measures like closing schools businesses were not necessary.