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Tennessee governor 'encouraged' by positive trend but wants citizens to 'double down'

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says he is "encouraged" by positive trends in the COVID-19 outbreak but cautions citizens to remain vigilant.

Gov. Lee says models in the past 48 hours reflect the state could have a little bit less of a surge than his administration has prepared for. Also, Latest Nashville News the number of new cases appears to be slowing, in large part to the actions taken by his office and the efforts of Tennesseans.

"I'm proud of the way Tennesseans are responding," Lee says, but he added now is the time to "double down." Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey echoed Lee's statements, but also added this will be a "tough week" for reporting.

Dr. Piercey pointed to the increase of deaths in the state by 50% compared to yesterday, Press Release Distribution Service the department reporting on Monday 65 Tennesseans have died. The numbers are expected to continue their upward trend according to Dr. Piercey. She stated there is a two week time period between when people get sick and die from complications of COVID-19.

Gov. Lee credited making the "right decisions at the right time," and encouraged people to keep responding to his order by staying apart since these models and the reality of the situation can change. Gov. Lee said he will continue to evaluate data when it comes to decisions addressing the outbreak.

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