Nashville, TN – Today, Wednesday, March 24th, 2020, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding 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.
Tornado Disaster Recovery
FEMA has approved Tennessee’s disaster declaration for the remaining counties. All affected counties are now covered: Benton County, Carroll County, Davidson County, Putnam County, Smith County and Wilson County. Additional information can be found here.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pledged $10 million for Tennessee’s efforts to fight COVID-19. Tennessee has purchased additional testing capacity and supplies per guidance from the CDC.
In looking at the testing response of other states, Tennessee continues to be a proportional leader compared to states much larger in the region.
Child Care and Human Services
The Tennessee Department of Human Services has deployed on the $10 million emergency response and recovery grants for existing child care facilities. A church, gym, or non-profit can open an emergency temporary child care facility by registering with the Department of Human Services. Additional information can be found here.
Governor Lee has directed the Department of Human Services to personally reach out to each existing child care facility in the state to help organizations secure supplies.
Current Department of Health Testing Results (as of 2 p.m. 3/25)
|Laboratory Type||Positive Test||Negative Tests||Total|
|State PH Lab||84||1,031||1,115|
|Non-State PH Lab||700||9,981||10,681|
For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.