Lee warns lawmakers of ‘surge’ in coronavirus hospitalizations

Gov. Bill Lee is warning state lawmakers  a “surge” in coronavirus infections could overwhelm the state’s healthcare system in the next two to four weeks.

Lee made his comments in a conference call with lawmakers on Wednesday. The Daily Memphian reports that Lee’s “unified command” is basing its efforts to respond to the crisis on modeling of the outbreak.

“We know based on modeling we’re looking at that we will have a bed shortage, both with hospital beds as well as ICU beds. We’re taking that very seriously,” Stuart McWhorter, the head of the governor’s task force on COVID-19 said during the call. “We’re looking at the best data we have right now to try to look at what Tennessee will look like over the next two to four weeks and taking it very seriously.”

13 Responses to Lee warns lawmakers of ‘surge’ in coronavirus hospitalizations

  • Tom Coe says:

    This is what happens when receptive minds have been influenced to ignore science for years. I like Gov. Lee, but it seems he has been taking his cues from the President and people like the governor of Florida instead of Doctors and epidemiologists. I am glad he woke up this week, and realized this isn’t the seasonal flu, or some kind of hoax, and I pray it’s not too little too late.

  • Keith says:

    A week late and how many lives lost?

  • Bob Lamb says:

    Since the Legislature chose to not participate in the ACA programs, our small rural hospitals have been closing because of a lack of money for the uninsured. Want to know why hospitals are in trouble, ask the legislature.

  • MARLE says:

    Fauci said young people need to realize that even if they do not feel sick they should avoid contact with others, because they could “become the vector” of transmitting the virus.

    “And then you pass it along to your grandfather, your grandmother, who is on chemotherapy for cancer,” and they get sick, he warned.

    Anyone wonder why , in the era of Covid, a cancer patient is having any visitors. The answer is not closing the country/state/cities of TN down………..the answer is Use Some Common Sense and isolate those at r

    • MARLE says:

      greatest risk…

    • Phil Lassiter says:

      Must be shut down and immediately. This has the capacity to wipe any of us out at any grime

    • The point is that the young person could feel great and show no symptoms whatsoever but still be a carrier of the virus (remember the story of typhoid Mary?). I went through cancer treatment about ten years ago but I came home everyday and saw and spoke to people on a regular basis. A person going through treatment is not treated a some sort of leaper, they mix and mingle with people. Cancer is not communicable so why would they be.

      • MARLE says:

        So all 100’s of Millions of Healthy Americans must obey an at-home order b/c those who are at risk Will not simply isolate themselves? Doesn’t that sound more than a bit selfish? The at-risk people could stay at home, never go out. But instead they’d rather see everyone else do so AND descimate the economy in the process. Really? I am 71.

        • Stuart I. Anderson says:

          And let’s not forget that a vast majority of the “at risk” population are retired – they can do what they want to do when they want to do it. Surely, the burden of isolation should fall on them because they are the primary beneficiaries of the isolation rather than on people under the age of fifty who apparently, unless they have an underlying condition, will generally suffer no more than a nasty case of the flu.

  • Beatrice Shaw says:

    Many of the posters on here downplayed the crisis. Now it is killing our neighbors quickly. I hope you have changed your tunes

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