Governor Lee addresses military assistance, abortion in Wednesday COVID-19 press briefing


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee addressed child care needs, military assistance and the need for people to continue social distancing. 

Governor Lee announced $10 million in grants being made available to child care facilities across the state, through the Department of Human Resources. He said emergency care offered by churches and non-profits would also be considered for the grants. DHS is also working to make sure all child care facilities have the cleaning supplies they need to stay open. 

Military Commissioner Major General Jeff Holmes spoke about actions of the Tennessee National Guard. Major Holmes said 250 soldiers and airmen have been mobilized and are receiving training in Smyrna. He also mentioned many of these soldiers are already medically trained. 

Governor Lee also discussed restrictions on elective abortions along with suspending non-essential procedures. He discussed the need to use those medical supplies for personal protective equipment.  

The Governor once again urged the public to stay home and practice social distancing. He says young people are disproportionately testing positive for COVID-19.  

Stay with News 2 for continuing coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


COVID-19 in Tennessee

(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST )

Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

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