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Gov. Lee signs order to send the National Guard to hospitals for COVID-19 surge

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Posted at 2:40 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 15:40:41-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order No. 68, allowing the Tennessee National Guard to be sent to hospitals as the state sees the worst week of the pandemic in COVID-19 deaths.

The Tennessee Department of Health reported 4,356 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. The department said 95 additional deaths were reported, a new single-day record.

The order grants Lee the "discretion to utilize National Guard and State Guard members in connection with certain health care and emergency services operations."

National Guard members will be used to

  • Perform authorized diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in health care settings, including but not to limited to hospitals, emergency departments, and alternate care sites (collectively, "Facilities")
  • Operate public or privately owned, permitted ambulance service vehicles with a licensed service.
  • Perform authorized nursing and other functions in Facilities