Governor Lee chooses to end stay at home orders

The governor announced Monday that the stay at home order will expire on April 30. The vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1.

Lee confirmed 7,238 cases as of Monday in Tennessee.

"We are working around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as Monday, April 27," Lee said in his daily update Monday. "These businesses will open according to specific guidelines that we will provide in accordance with state and national experts in both business and in medicine."

Lee expressed concern over Tennessee's "record unemployment numbers, thousands of businesses closed."

"Social distancing must continue, but the shut-down of our economy cannot," Lee stated.

Though he is concerned about the economy, the governor said he is very happy with how free testing went over the weekend, testing 11,230 people. The locations will stay open the next two weekends. For a full list of locations, check out our list.

As of today, Lee said, the number of recovered patients exceeds the number of active cases. Lee thanked healthcare workers for staying on the frontlines to keep residents safe.

The 89 counties that will reopen are the counties where the state has health departments, which is under the state's jurisdiction. The remaining six counties, Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan, will decide what the state when they should reopen.

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