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Tenn. declares coronavirus state of emergency, cases double in 24 hours

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) – Gov. Bill Lee has declared a state of emergency in Tennessee in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The action came on the same day the state Department of Health reported that the number of Tennesseans diagnosed with COVID-19 doubled in a single, 24-hour period.

The department announced Thursday afternoon that there are now eight cases in Williamson Count, 6 in Davidson County, two in Shelby County, and one each in Knox and Sullivan counties. That brings Thursday’s total cases to 18, up from 9 on Wednesday.

In his state of emergency declaration, Gov. Lee stated “the temporary suspension of selected state laws and rules is necessary to facilitate the response to the current public health situation.”

In a social media post, the governor noted that the declaration allows the state to access additional federal funding to fight the spread of the virus.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. It was just one week ago that Gov. Lee announced the state's first COVID-19 patient, a Williamson County resident.

Would you like to read the governor’s declaration in full? Would you like to view the press conference during which the governor announced the state of emergency?