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Timeline uncertain for lifting COVID-19 restrictions in Nashville

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NASHVILLLE, Tenn. (WKRN) —The COVID-19 pandemic has already had a major impact on the economy with some questioning how long it will be necessary for businesses to remain closed.

Governor Bill Lee said in his Tuesday press conference there will be a “significant increase” in Tennessee’s jobless rate due to COVID-19 pandemic

Across Tennessee, restaurants can only offer take out, drive through, or delivery service after the governor’s order for closing non-essential businesses Sunday.

State officials said unemployment numbers rival the Wall Street recession more than a decade ago.

Tennessee’s labor department, which tracks unemployment, said it’s tripling its staff to process claims.

Gov. Lee said he’s focused on Tennessee having its own plans for a timeline on returning to normalcy and lifting restrictions.

“My goal is that Tennessee takes the right steps at the right time, as I’ve said, that we don’t run after what somebody else is doing or listen too much to what voices are coming from outside Tennessee as much as what is happening right here in Tennessee,” explained Gov. Lee.

City leaders say there is help like the Nashville Financial Empowerment Center offering free counseling over the phone for Davidson County residents.

But as far as loosening restrictions impacting Metro Nashville’s economy, leaders say the community’s health is leading their decisions.

“I think flattening the curve is critical and I think the science has shown and best practice has shown, social distancing, safer at home initiatives that’s the way this has been solved overseas and in other communities around our country, so we believe our safer at home plan is the right way to go, and we’ll let science and best practices continue driving our decisions,” explained Dr. Alex Jahangir, Chairman of the Metro Coronavirus Task Force.

The state will also extend unemployment benefits to those suddenly out of work and to those who’ve been quarantined by a doctor. The US Small Business Administration is offering disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

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

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