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As new coronavirus cases mount in Tennessee, Gov. Lee extends emergency order

Joel Ebert, Nashville Tennessean • Jun 29, 2020 at 4:29 PM

NASHVILLE — As cases of coronavirus continue to soar in Tennessee, Gov. Bill Lee extended his state of emergency declaration on Monday, along with a host of other provisions that were set to expire this week.

Tennessee will remain in a state of emergency until at least Aug. 29, according to Lee's latest order.

The governor's declaration continues the suspension of a multitude of laws and regulations as the state continues to grapple with the spread of coronavirus.

As of Monday, Tennessee had 14,743 active cases of coronavirus, with 592 deaths and nearly 2,600 hospitalizations. The latest figures show the state is averaging about 43 new virus-related hospitalizations per day — the highest rate ever. Officials detected about 4,200 new infections since Friday, which is the most reported in any four-day span since the outbreak began. Our partners at The Tennessean have more.