Gov. Lee: Nonessential locations can open as emergency child care centers

Posted at 3:06 PM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 23:20:07-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee gives an update to Tennessee's COVID-19 outbreak. Officials have confirmed a total of 906 cases and three deaths due to the virus.

Lee announced that nonessential businesses and locations can open as emergency child care centers.

"If a church, gym or nonprofit wants to open an emergency child care center in Tennessee, especially for those on the front liens, they can do so... Some places may not be able to stay open. I've directed DHS to reach out to every child care facility in the state to organize and secure supplies for you," said Lee.

The Tennessee National Guard will be responding to the outbreak by providing medical support at COVID-19 mobile assessment sites.

During Lee's update, Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes said the National Guard will be reporting to health officials and will not be preforming law enforcement missions.