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Gov. Lee unsure if 'Stay-at-Home' order will be extended

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 18:26:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Governor Bill Lee says they are continuing to watch the data, but have not made a decision on whether or not his "Stay-at-Home" order will be extended.

The order is in effect until April 14 at midnight, but the illness may not reach its peak in Tennessee for a another week or two.

"As of now, the date for that order is next Tuesday night at midnight and we will watch that data," explained Go. Lee.

During Wednesday's press briefing, the governor said he hasn't made a decision on if the order will be extended because the data continues to change on a daily basis.

He encouraged residents saying, what the state is doing seems to be successfully flattening the curve.

"The initial order that closed bars and restaurants, the previous orders in the major cities, all of those efforts have had a profound effect on the movement of Tennesseans but also on the slow spread slowing the spread of this virus...We know we can't stop this virus that we can slow it down to the point that we have adequate capacity in our healthcare system," Lee said.

However, it's still unclear just how long those efforts will need to continue.

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The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
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Or at least two of the following symptoms:

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At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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