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Latest from Senator Lamar Alexander, July 6th, 2020

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Though we may have celebrated Independence Day a little differently this year, we honor the brave men and women who have fought and sacrificed for the freedoms that define our way of life and those who are currently serving to keep us safe and free.  

Last week, I chaired a Senate health committee hearing with Dr. Anthony Fauci and other Donald Trump Administration officials to get an update on our progress towards safely getting back to work and back to school. You can watch here.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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AAA says Tennessee Gas Price Average has Jumped Six Cents

 

AAANashville, TN – AAA reports that the Tennessee gas price average jumped 6 cents this week following a steady week of slow increases. 

The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.95 which is 24 cents more than one month ago and nearly 47 cents less than one year ago. 

“The increase in gasoline demand contributed towards the state average’s six cent jump to $1.95,” said Megan Cooper, spokesperson, AAA – The Auto Club Group. 

90% of Tennessee gas stations still have prices below $2.00. (AAA)

90% of Tennessee gas stations still have prices below $2.00. (AAA)

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Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,291 new cases of Coronavirus in Tennessee, July 5th, 2020

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – On Sunday, July 4th, 2020, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) reports that there have been 51,431 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tennessee. That is an increase of 1,291 cases from Saturday’s 50,140. There have been 621 confirmed deaths in Tennessee because of the virus.

Six new cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus have been reported in Montgomery County. The total is at 554. There has been seven deaths in Montgomery County due to the virus.

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Senator Lamar Alexander: “Will There Be Enough COVID-19 Tests So We Can Watch Some Football This Fall, Or Basketball This Winter?”

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – At a Senate hearing this past week on COVID-19 Coronavirus, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) asked National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins whether “In the midst of all this depressing news about the virus, will there be enough tests so we can watch some football this fall, or basketball this winter?”

Alexander said the answer may depend upon Dr. Collins’ project to find new ways to produce tens of millions of quick, reliable diagnostic tests. 

Dr. Collins is heading an effort, nicknamed the “shark tank,” to accelerate development of new tests to determine whether an individual has COVID-19 Coronavirus.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Tennessee Making it Possible for More Families to Receive COVID-19 Assistance

 

Tennessee Department of Human ServicesNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is giving more families an opportunity to apply for a program that’s already provided valuable financial assistance to thousands across the state who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

The deadline has been extended to apply for a unique program that provides emergency cash assistance to families who lost employment

The deadline has been extended to apply for a unique program that provides emergency cash assistance to families who lost employment

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Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,796 new cases of Coronavirus in Tennessee, July 4th, 2020

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) reports that there have been 50,140 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tennessee as of Saturday, July 4th, 2020. That is an increase of 1,796 cases from Friday’s 48,344. There have been 612 confirmed deaths in Tennessee because of the virus.

There have been fifteen new cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus reported in Montgomery County. The total is at 549. There has been seven deaths in Montgomery County due to the virus.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announces Fewest Distressed Counties in Tennessee Since 2007

 

McNairy County, Jackson County, Fentress County and Morgan County no longer on Distressed List

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced that Tennessee has the fewest distressed counties statewide since 2007, down from 15 in 2019 to 11 counties according to the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Grants Mayors in 89 Counties Authority to Issue COVID-19 Face Mask Requirements

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed Executive Order 54 to grant county mayors in 89 counties the authority to issue local mask requirements in the event of a significant rise in COVID-19 Coronavirus cases.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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Tennessee Department of Health reports 1,824 new cases of Coronavirus in Tennessee, July 3rd, 2020

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – On Friday, July 3rd, 2020, the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) reports that there have been 48,344 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Tennessee . That is an increase of 1,824 cases from Thursday’s 46,520. There have been 608 confirmed deaths in Tennessee because of the virus.

Twenty one new cases of the COVID-19 Coronavirus have been reported in Montgomery County. The total is at 534. There has been seven deaths in Montgomery County due to the virus.

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Chairman Lamar Alexander says “Stakes are Too High” for Pro-Trump, Anti-Trump Mask Debate to Continue

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said “the stakes are too high,” for the political debate around wearing masks to continue.

“Unfortunately this simple lifesaving practice has become part of a political debate that says: If you’re for Donald Trump, you don’t wear a mask. If you’re against Trump, you do,” Alexander said. “That is why I have suggested the president should occasionally wear a mask even though there are not many occasions when it is necessary for him to do so. The president has millions of admirers. They would follow his lead.”

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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