Coronavirus in Tennessee: Doctors plead with Tennessee governor for stay-at-home order

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Doctors across Tennessee pleaded with Gov. Bill Lee on Tuesday to take stronger action to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

In a webinar shortly before the governor’s daily briefing, Dr. Aaron Milstone warned that “without action, tens of thousands of Tennesseans may die of COVID-19.” Milstone is a pulmonary and critical care physician at Williamson Medical Center.

Lee on Sunday urged residents to work from home and ordered bars and restaurants to close for 14 days starting Monday with the exception of drive-thru, take-out and delivery services. Lee’s order also closed gyms and fitness centers, and he barred most visitors to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care facilities and prohibited social gatherings of 10 or more people.

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