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Update on Reopening America

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – Americans are ready to get back to work. Fewer than 6 percent of Americans tested each week are found to have the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Daily average case rates continue to fall, and all 50 states have begun reopening in a safe and responsible manner.
 
Small businesses are leading this comeback. During the height of the pandemic, more than 80 percent of them were forced to close temporarily as Americans helped slow the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

President Donald Trump disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. (White House)

President Donald Trump disembarks Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. (White House)

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AAA says Tennessee Gas Prices Continue to Rise

 

AAANashville, TN – The Tennessee gas price average continues to increase and has risen nearly 8 cents since this time last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average  is now $1.87 which is a quarter higher than one month ago and 50 cents less than one year ago. 

“As Americans drive more, they are re-fueling gasoline demand levels, which is helping to lift pump prices, said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Higher demand will contribute to increasing gas prices in the coming weeks, but they aren’t going to spike to typical summer prices. That’s because demand won’t be sufficient enough to drive down stocks levels. Gasoline stocks sit at a significant surplus of nearly 24 million bbl year-over-year.”

95% of Tennessee gas stations still have prices below $2.00. (AAA)

95% of Tennessee gas stations still have prices below $2.00. (AAA)

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Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz Introduce Bill to Expand Telehealth Access

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced the Equal Access to Care Act yesterday. The legislation aims to expand access to telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency period by allowing licensed health care providers to treat patients remotely through the phone and online wherever the patient is located.

“Telehealth has proven to be an effective tool for providing patients access to health care, including during and prior to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

Senator Marsha Blackburn.

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Tennessee’s Education Gains Offset by Losses in Other Areas

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – The well-being of Tennessee children has improved in many areas in the last 8 years, according to information in the KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Despite having been ranked in the 40s in earlier years, the state’s overall rankings in recent years have stayed in the 30s, including its ranking of 39th in the 2020 report.

“While changes in the way the data are collected limit our ability to compare this year’s ranking to older ones, TCCY is pleased Tennessee now ranks better than it did in the early days of its participation in KIDS COUNT when the state ranking was much nearer the bottom,” said Richard Kennedy, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the state’s KIDS COUNT affiliate.

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Lamar Alexander says U.S. Senate Passes Most Important Conservation Legislation in a Half Century

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has released the following statement after the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act by an overwhelming 73-25 bipartisan vote.

The legislation includes Alexander’s bill to restore the country’s 419 national parks and cut in half the national parks’ $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog, which the senator said will be “the biggest boost to our national parks in 50 years.” It also fully funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) permanently, a goal of Congress since 1964.   

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Tennessee Department of Health reports 431 new cases of Coronavirus in Tennessee, June 20th, 2020

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) reports that there have been 34,207 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tennessee as of Saturday, June 20th, 2020. That is an increase of 431 cases from Friday’s 33,776. There have been 503 confirmed deaths in Tennessee because of the virus.

Five new cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus have been reported in Montgomery County. The total is at 368. There has been five deaths in Montgomery County due to the virus.

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Tennessee Department of Education Releases Fourth Set of School Reopening Toolkits to Provide Districts with Guidance, Resources to Prepare for Upcoming School Year

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education has released the 4th set of school reopening toolkits in a series of over 20 resources to provide districts with considerations and guidance as they locally decide the best course of action for the fall.  

Tennessee Department of Education Provides Additional Topic-Specific Resources in Series of 20+ Reopening Toolkits.

Tennessee Department of Education Provides Additional Topic-Specific Resources in Series of 20+ Reopening Toolkits.

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FDA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: June 19th, 2020

 

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)Silver Spring, MD – On Friday, June 19th, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to take action in the ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

The FDA issued an updated FDA COVID-19 Response At-A-Glance Summary that provides a quick look at facts, figures, and highlights of the agency’s response efforts.

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U.S. Representative Mark Green Introduces the Our Money in China Transparency Act

 

U.S. House of RepresentativesWashington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Green has introduced the Our Money in China Transparency Act, which would require detailed annual reporting on any Federal funds spent on activities conducted in collaboration with China’s entities and institutions.

Representative Green said, “As our Nation recovers from the devastating impacts of a virus unleashed on the world by the lies and dishonesty of the Chinese Communist Party, America’s taxpayers deserve a closer look at Federal funds that currently go to entities in China.”

U.S. Representative Mark Green

U.S. Representative Mark Green

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APSU joins state effort to get more face masks in hands of Tennessee residents

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University (APSU) has joined a state effort to distribute close to 300,000 free or low-cost cloth face coverings across the state.

APSU bought 30,000 (about 10 percent of the masks) to give to students, staff and faculty.

Austin Peay State University Face Mask. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Face Mask. (APSU)

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