Gov. Bill Lee declares state of emergency as Tennessee battles coronavirus

Gov. Bill Lee declares state of emergency as Tennessee battles coronavirus
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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has signed an executive order to receive federal funds to help fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Gov. Lee announced an "emergency declaration" to bring funds from FEMA to "relax certain laws" and to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

“We believe there clearly will be more cases,” Lee said on the need for the emergency declaration.

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"It sounds alarming and is reserved for serious situations, but it has important technical ramifications, easing a city or state's access to federal aid. Congress appropriated more than $8 billion to deal with coronavirus and already it appears that will not be enough.

A declaration also focuses the entire state government on dealing with the emergency, and, hopefully, makes citizens sit up and pay a little more attention," CNN reported.