Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has urged residents to work from home and ordered bars and restaurants to close for 14 days with the exception of drive-thru, take-out and delivery services, but doctors across the state are asking for more.
According to The Associated Press, group of more than 2,000 health care providers across the state is asking for an immediate stay-at-home order.
Dr. Aaron Milstone, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Williamson Medical Center, warned Tuesday in a phone call that tens of thousands of Tennesseans could die from the pandemic.
"The stay-at- home order is so important," Milstone said, according to the Tennessean. "For a number of weeks to shelter at home or be safe at home is one of our only chances to mitigate the spread of the virus."
2,000 doctors signed the petition for shelter-in-place orders, along with 7,000 residents said the Tennessean.
Lee called for the closure of schools until April 24 on Tuesday.
The Tennessee Department of Health announced that there are 667 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.