The Governor of Tennessee brought his COVID-19 message to Knox County Friday. “Every Tennessean has a personal responsibility to engage in this fight against COVID-19,” Lee said at the Lawson Athletics Center on the University of Tennessee campus. “We will get to the back side of it.”
Lee joined area leaders in working to convert the Knoxville Expo Center into a makeshift care center, capable of caring for 350 people who suffer from the COVID-19 virus. Other buildings in East Tennessee are also being considered, but the governor says a very specific type of building is needed for conversion. “There are not many facilities that are set up for a quick turnaround. There’s quite a lot of work that has to be done in a short period of time.” Lee said.
The governor met with Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs about the conversion of the Expo Center. Lee said he’s also working to secure ventilators for the state, expecting to need about 1900 of the breathing machines within the next few weeks, that’s when Lee expects the COVID-19 virus to peak in Tennessee.