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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s COVID-19 Bulletin #4
Posted By Clarksville Online News Staff On Monday, March 23, 2020 @ 7:52 pm In News | No Comments
Nashville, TN – Today, Monday, March 23rd, 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts around coronavirus (COVID-19) relief.
Governor Lee’s daily press conferences can be viewed live each day this week at 3:00pm CT here . Governor Lee has also established a website specific to coronavirus (COVID-19) updates which can be found here .
Executive Order 17
Yesterday, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 17  which called for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models to protect vulnerable populations while doing everything possible to keep Tennesseans in a financially stable position.
The executive order accomplishes the below actions, among others:
COVID-19 Unified Command
Today, Governor Lee established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military.
Commissioner McWhorter currently heads the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration and will leave this post to head the COVID-19 Unified Command. Eugene Nubert will serve as acting commissioner of F&A. McWhorter appointed retired Brig. Gen. Scott Brower to serve as chief of staff for the Unified Command.
The COVID-19 Unified Command also includes:
This group is charged with changing the way Tennessee attacks COVID-19 to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises. Additional information can be found here .
Personal Protective Equipment
To address one of the greatest challenges during this pandemic, acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE), Tennessee higher education institutions are now utilizing 3D printers to create face shields to be used in conjunction with PPE and to safely extend the life of our supply.
Executive Order 18
Today, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 18  to further efforts in gaining more personal protective equipment. The executive order prohibits hospitals and surgical outpatient facilities from performing elective surgeries and instructs dentists to halt non-emergency dental services. Practitioners are asked to donate their personal protective equipment at their nearest National Guard Armory until April 13th.
|Testing Location||Total COVID-19 Tests Completed||Number Negative||Number Positive|
|TN State Public Health Laboratory||983||911||72|
|All other commercial and private laboratories||—||—||543|
|Total positives in TN||615|
For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here .
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 Executive Order 17: https://www.tn.gov/governor/news/2020/3/22/gov--bill-lee-signs-executive-order-mandating-alternative-business-models-for-restaurants-and-gyms--lifts-alcohol-regulations.html
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 Executive Order 18: https://publications.tnsosfiles.com/pub/execorders/exec-orders-lee18.pdf
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