Gov. Lee provides update on COVID-19
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Lee held another news conference Tuesday afternoon, updating the public on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The governor talked about keeping schools across the state closed for another month..through April 24. Lee made the recommendation as more Tennesseans continue to test positive for COVID-19.
During the news conference, officials said districts are still working to find the appropriate ways to keep students up-to-date on their work by sending home paper packets or using online tools.
Gov. Lee says every Tennessean plays an important role in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“We can do a lot in state government. We can do a lot in local government, but at the end of the day, it’s going to be up to you, every individual Tennessean, to help stop the spread of this disease through Tennessee. You have to take personal responsibility, but here in Tennessee, we know that we have a tremendous challenge ahead of us. And we are gearing up for what is to come. And let me just say this: We are not afraid of what’s coming, we just are aware of what’s coming. And we are preparing for what’s coming,” Gov. Lee said.
Lisa Piercy, commissioner with the State Department of Health, told Gov. Lee the availability of hospital beds statewide is at 30 percent, while available ventilators is at 70 percent.