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

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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.  

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Tennessee Dept. of Health Confirmed Cases

(This only reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST. For updated totals listed by agencies across Tennessee visit WKRN.com)

County# of Cases
Anderson10
Bedford8
Benton4
Bledsoe2
Blount34
Bradley21
Campbell5
Cannon4
Carroll6
Carter3
Cheatham12
Chester6
Claiborne2
Clay1
Cocke1
Coffee4
Cumberland23
Davidson 741
DeKalb5
Dickson22
Dyer7
Fayette18
Fentress1
Franklin12
Gibson8
Giles3
Grainger3
Greene16
Grundy12
Hamblen4
Hamilton70
Hardeman6
Hardin 2
Hawkins9
Haywood2
Henry4
Hickman1
Houston2
Humphreys3
Jackson3
Jefferson6
Johnson2
Knox99
Lauderdale2
Lawrence3
Lewis2
Lincoln5
Loudon13
Macon7
Madison19
Marion16
Marshall4
Maury21
McMinn 3
McNairy3
Meigs2
Monroe6
Montgomery46
Morgan4
Obion2
Overton2
Perry3
Polk3
Putnam52
Roane5
Robertson51
Rutherford140
Scott3
Sequatchie2
Sevier13
Shelby689
Smith3
Stewart1
Sullivan 18
Sumner301
Tipton31
Trousdale7
Unicoi1
Union1
Warren1
Washington22
Wayne2
Weakley1
White2
Williamson239
Wilson 82
Residents of other states/countries218
Pending63
Total Casesas of (4/4/20)3,321

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 for the next 8 weeks, 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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