Tennessee Governor Bill Lee is set to sign Executive Order 23, which requires that Tennesseans stay home unless carrying out essential activities. The executive order remains in effect until April 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation analyzed traffic pattern data for March 2020, and though there was a steep decline in vehicle movement from March 13-29, data beginning March 30 indicated travel has been increasing again across the state. The Administration also analyzed data from Unacast to understand cell phone mobility and determined movement trends among people. Unacast indicates the movement of Tennesseans is trending toward pre-COVID-19 levels.
“Over the last few weeks, we have seen decreases in movement around the state as Tennesseans socially distance and stay at home,” said Gov. Lee. “However, in recent days we have seen data indicating that movement may be increasing and we must get these numbers trending back down. I have updated my previous executive order to clearly require that Tennesseans stay at home unless they are carrying out essential activities.
“The month of April stands to be an extremely tough time for our state as we face the potential for a surge in COVID-19 cases,” said Lee. “Every Tennessean must take this seriously, remain at home and ensure we save lives.”
As of Thursday afternoon (April 2) The Tennessee Department of Health reported that 2,845 Tennesseans had tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. There have been 32 deaths across the state as a result of complications from coronavirus and 220 of those affected have recovered.
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