2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee
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|2020 coronavirus pandemic in Tennessee|
Map of cases by county as of April 3
|Index case||Williamson County|
|Arrival date||March 5, 2020|
On March 5, the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Tennessee, in Williamson County. The patient is a 44-year-old adult man and resident of Williamson County who recently flew on a nonstop flight to Boston through Nashville's airport.
Confirmed cases by date
|2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Tennessee|
On March 12, Governor Lee issued Executive Order No. 14 to declare a State of Emergency until it expires on May 11. The order allows pharmacists to dispense an additional 30-day prescription provided it is to prevent the spread of the virus, allows for alternate COVID-19 testing sites provided that the Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board is notified, restricts an excessive price increase of items and services until March 27, suspends maximum size limitations for vehicles participating in preventing the spread of the virus, and gives the Tennessee Commissioner of Human Services the ability to waive child care requirements as needed.
On March 13, the Tennessee Supreme Court under Chief Justice Jeff Bivins issued a State of Emergency order applying to the Tennessee judicial branch. The order suspended in-person proceedings until March 31, and extended statutes of limitations and orders of protection that would expire on April 5 or before to April 6. Additionally, Governor Lee banned traveling be state employees for non-essential government business, while also banning visitors and tours in Nashville.[failed verification] The Tennessee General Assembly also banned the public from the legislative Cordell Hull Office complex with only members, staff, and media allowed.
On March 23, Memphis mayor Jim Strickland and Shelby County mayor Lee Harris issued executive orders to take effect 6:00 PM, March 24, requiring residents to remain at home unless they serve essential services. The list of essential services is broad.
The state has gradually become more transparent in its reporting. Tennessee began its struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic by refusing to reveal the counties where infected victims lived. On March 10 they began revealing such information, but they still hid information regarding age and gender; now such information is published daily. On March 31 the state decided to reveal the number of negative cases in each county. Governor Lee also signed an executive order allowing local governments to meet remotely after the GOP-dominated legislature failed to do so.
Impact on sports
On March 12, the National Basketball Association announced the season would be suspended for 30 days, affecting the Memphis Grizzlies. In the National Hockey League, the season was suspended for an indefinite amount of time, affecting the Nashville Predators. The National Collegiate Athletic Association cancelled all winter and spring tournaments, most notably the Division I men's and women's basketball tournaments, affecting colleges and universities statewide. On March 16, the National Junior College Athletic Association also canceled the remainder of the winter seasons as well as the spring seasons.
Confirmed cases by county
Rate of contagion and age ranges
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- "First confirmed case of COVID-19 in our campus community". The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Retrieved 2020-03-25.
- "MARCH 26: From President McPhee: COVID-19 Update". Middle Tennessee State University. Retrieved 2020-03-26.
- "Novel Coronavirus". tn.gov. April 2, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
- Nashville health department reports Tennessee's first coronavirus death
- Bowles, Laken (March 5, 2020). "Gov. Bill Lee announces first confirmed case of coronavirus in Williamson County". WTVF. Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
- Executive Order – Lee No. 14 Tennessee Secretary of State
- Laken Bowles Tennessee Supreme Court will keep courts open, suspend in-person proceedings amid COVID-19 concerns Mar 13, 2020 WTVF
- Lee Closes Capitol, Halts State Travel Over Coronavirus U.S. News & World Report
- Tennessee Capitol, legislative office building close to public amid coronavirus concerns The Tennessean
- "Coronavirus in Tennessee latest news: Restaurant restrictions, ACMs delayed and 39 confirmed cases in Tennessee". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
- "Memphis' 'safer at home' executive order: What is an essential service?". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
- "Listing of Essential and Nonessential Services". City of Memphis. Retrieved 2020-03-23.
- Kruesi, Kimberlee (April 1, 2020). "Tennessee grapples with what to disclose amid virus outbreak". apnews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
Lee has also had to take executive action to let local counties and cities meet remotely after the GOP-dominant Legislature failed to do so in the final hours before abruptly passing an emergency spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year and recessing due to coronavirus concerns.
- "Silver: NBA hiatus likely to last 'at least' 30 days". ESPN.com. March 12, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
- NHL statement on coronavirus NHL, March 12, 2020
- NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA, March 12, 2020
- NJCAA cancels spring sports, basketball nationals amid coronavirus outbreak MLive.com, March 16, 2020
- "Daily Metro COVID19 Press Update for 04/03/20". www.asafenashville.org. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee, Mayor of Nashville John Cooper. April 3, 2020. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
- information from the Office of the Governor