Future Funding

Local governments stand to receive nearly $9 million in state grants during the pandemic, though the money won’t be available until the summer.

Surge Protectors

Lee discusses hospital capacity, personal protective equipment and ventilator distribution during a visit to Knoxville as more COVID-19 cases are detected.

Lee: Stay Home, Tennessee

Citing data showing voluntary measures aren’t working, the governor mandates restrictions on social and business activity to battle COVID-19.

An Order With Teeth

Kincannon backs Safer at Home with enforcement powers in the latest in a series of escalating and sometimes conflicting measures at all levels of government.

First Fatal Case Reported in Knox

Reversing course, Lee places the entire state under a Safer at Home order as COVID-19 cases soar and the death toll nearly doubles.

A Surge in Suicides

The novel coronavirus has exacted an emotional price but its role in a sudden increase in suicides locally is uncertain and complex.

Home, Safe Home

Knox County orders nonessential businesses to close and implores residents to stay home as much as possible as the coronavirus spreads.

Restaurant Restrictions

Lee orders all restaurants and bars in Tennessee to close or offer only carryout or delivery service, and limits public gatherings to a maximum of 10 people.

More Mitigating Measures

As Tennessee healthcare professionals prepare for a tsunami of COVID-19 patients, they ask Lee for greater public restrictions.

Last Call

Responding to the COVID-19 threat, the city is closing all bars and restaurants, while the county is closing bars and placing limits on restaurant capacity.