NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF)Today, Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding COVID-19 relief.

Gov. Lee’s daily press conferences can be viewed live this week Monday through Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT here. Gov. Lee has also established a website specific to COVID-19 updates which can be found here.

Key Updates

Economic Recovery Group

Gov. Lee has appointed Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Mark Ezell to oversee the Economic Recovery Group who will work in coordination with several state departments, legislative leadership, local mayors, health care professionals, and representatives of impacted industries to develop a strategy to safely reboot the state economy.

The state will create industry-specific guidance so that businesses can be fully prepared to operate safely and protect their employees and customers.

It is also important to hear from Tennesseans as solutions for economic recovery are developed. Please visit to share how COVID-19 is affecting your business and what you need most from the state in this process. Additional information can be found here.

Members of the group include:

Mark Ezell, Director

Sammie Arnold, Chief of Staff

House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R – Portland)

Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R – Franklin)

Brandon Gibson, Senior Advisor to Governor Lee

Bob Rolfe, Department of Economic and Community Development

Greg Gonzales, Department of Financial Institutions

David Gerregano, Department of Revenue

Dr. Charles Hatcher, Department of Agriculture

Dr. Jeff McCord, Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Hodgen Mainda, Department of Commerce and Insurance

Tony Niknejad, Governor’s Office

Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, COVID-19 Unified Command

Dr. Morgan McDonald, TN Dept. of Health, Deputy Commissioner

Butch Eley, Department of Finance & Administration

Jim Brown, National Federation of Independent Business

Bradley Jackson, TN Chamber of Commerce

Beverly Robertson, President & CEO of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce

Rob Ikard, TN Grocers & Convenience Store Association

Rob Mortensen, TN Hospitality & Tourism Association

Colin Barrett, TN Bankers Association

Fred Robinson, TN Credit Union League

Dave Huneryager, TN Trucking Association

Will Cromer, TN Hospital Association

Mayor Kevin Davis, President of TN County Services Association

Mayor Jill Holland, President of TN Municipal League

Jeff Aiken, TN Farm Bureau

Tari Hughes, Center for Non-Profit Management

Roland Myers, TN Retail Association

Clay Crownover, President & CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors of Tennessee

Administration Actions

Stimulus Financial Accountability Group

Gov. Lee announced the creation of the Stimulus Financial Accountability Group to ensure proper fiscal management of stimulus funds received by the state through the CARES Act. The State of Tennessee projects a distribution of approximately $2.3 billion from the Fund. The first meeting of the Stimulus Financial Accountability Group will be held remotely on April 22nd.

Members of the group include:

Governor Bill Lee

Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally

House Speaker Cameron Sexton

Senator Bo Watson

Senator Raumesh Akbari

Representative Pat Marsh

Representative Harold Love Jr.

Justin P. Wilson, Comptroller of the Treasury

Commissioner Butch Eley, Finance & Administration

Stuart McWhorter, COVID-19 Unified Command

Additional information on the group can be found here, and additional information from the U.S. Department of Treasury on the CARES ACT can be found here.

Current Department of Health Testing Results (as of 2 p.m. 4/16)

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For more information on COVID-19 in Tennessee, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health’s website here.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/16/2020-6:30PM)