Democrats in the Tennessee Senate asked Gov. Bill Lee to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order Monday to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
In a letter sent to Lee’s office, the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus said that the “surge of coronavirus cases in our state has and will continue to put our doctors, nurses, and caregivers under great strain and threatens to thrust our medical system and healthcare supply chain toward a crisis point.”
That measure is largely a feel-good effort anyways. The counties that have the greatest number of cases (Davidson, being the main one) and the neighboring counties already have deserted streets. Nothing’s open.
I went down to Gallatin in Sumner County last week to take my boots down to be re-soled and the place was nearly a ghost town. Damn near all the small businesses, including the cobbler, were already closed and the traffic was almost non-existent.
Doctors are taking precautions as well and they’re doing it on their own. We don’t have a single case of the beervirus here in Macon County, but when Lisa called Lady Doc for an appointment to get her meds refilled, they told her they’ll do it over a video call instead of having her come in.