Gov. Lee has implemented a number of support services to help hardworking Tennesseans care for their families during this difficult time:
- The state has relaxed child care rules so that currently licensed and temporary child care operations can appropriately respond to the needs of their communities. Click here for guidance on how your organization can provide emergency child care.
- The Child Abuse Hotline continues to operate, and DCS Protective Services investigators are still making face-to-face visits for initial reports of child abuse and neglect. To report child abuse in Tennessee, call 1-877-237-0004.
- Gov. Lee has secured an 1135 waiver designed to ensure sufficient health care services are available for the TennCare population. Gov. Lee has also ensured that TennCare members have access to medically necessary COVID-19 related treatment.
- If you are experiencing a mental health or psychiatric emergency, please call our Statewide Crisis Line: 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471). If you need a referral to substance use disorder treatment or other resources, call or text the TN REDLINE: 800-889-9789.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, COVID-19 is a dangerous disease. While many people have shown little to no symptoms when infected, others have developed serious complications and died. The disease is particularly dangerous for older adults, people with compromised immune systems, or those with underlying health issues like diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease.
The best way to avoid getting sick from COVID-19 is to avoid exposure to the virus.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, the best practices for avoiding COVID-19 infections are to:
- Wash your hands often.
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth when around others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes.
- Clean and disinfect regularly.
Gov. Lee has directed the Unified-Command group to rapidly expand Tennessee’s COVID-19 testing capacity and enable more Tennesseans to have improved access. This increased testing capacity will empower citizens to make informed health decisions, and allow us to get Tennesseans back to work quickly and safely.
Our clinical understanding of COVID-19 is changing rapidly and we need every Tennessean who isn’t feeling well, even outside of the traditional COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or difficulty breathing, to come out and get tested.
The full list of testing sites is available here.
Questions about COVID-19? Visit our FAQ page or send a message to Governor Lee's Constituent Services team.
NOTE: Please refrain from sending personal health records or other protected medical information to the Governor’s Office. Concerns or questions regarding the federal government or federal matters are best referred to the appropriate federal officeholder. Additionally, please note that the Governor's Office cannot assist constituents with legal matters or intervene on their behalf in judicial or law enforcement matters.