NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) – State Representative Dennis Powers has an update from this morning’s Governor’s Conference Call with Legislators.

Powers said, “The governor spoke about continuing the Stay-at-Home order through April 30, and that the state is working on a phased-in process with the economy and is working with President Trump to coordinate it.”

The governor said, “The most important thing we need to take into consideration is the health of all Tennesseans.  The number of patients in hospitals is starting to level off and even decline in some, but we still have to be prepared for the spread of COVID-19 after we start re-opening. Things are going be different for awhile until there are treatments and vaccinations available. There will be a new normal for sometime until this disease is under control, and we have to be aware that the threat of the disease will not go away for some time.”

Powers said, “We heard from Director of Finance Stuart McWhorter in regards to making sure we have hospital beds and emergency provisions, if needed.”  The Commissioner of Health, Dr. Lisa Piercy, said, “She hoped an anti-body test would be available sometime around mid-May according to Powers.”

“The governor talked about the economic challenges we are facing as a state, and that we need to get Tennesseans back to work,” said Powers.  Lee mentioned that we are in good shape financially due to the work we had done over the past ten years, but we need to get the economy up and running as soon as we can while protecting the health of all Tennesseans according to Powers.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/15/2020-NOON)