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State’s COVID-19 numbers improving, but it’s no time to let up, Lee says

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Gov. Bill Lee said the numbers on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic are encouraging but it’s not a time to relax, it’s a time to “double down” on precautions.

Gov. Bill Lee

“The data is encouraging,” Lee said. “It is showing that we are accomplishing our goal of slowing the spread of COVID-19 by the multitude of efforts that are being made across the state. … the individual efforts of Tennesseans are paying off.”

The numbers of new cases, active cases, hospitalizations and recoveries “are beginning to move in a direction that is very encouraging. … We can’t let up. We know that we have to stay committed to the guidance that’s in place today. … in fact, it’s kind of time to double down to make sure that we reach the points that we want to reach in the quickest time frame possible. The sooner we get there, the sooner we begin to think about how it is that we can start to open back up.”

Lee has extended the stay at home order through the end of April and announced on Wednesday his recommendation that schools remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Tennessee has a total of 6,079 confirmed cases as of Wednesday morning with 135 deaths. A total of 2,196 cases have recovered. Moore County has 1 confirmed case.

Lee announced on Wednesday that anyone could be tested in Tennessee, even if they did not present all the COVID-19 symptoms.

“I feel good about our continued work to expand testing. We’re doing well relative to other states on that, but we want to do even better.”