Tennessee House Democrats blast Gov. Lee over plans to let stay-at-home COVID-19 order expire

Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee held a news briefing at the UTC University Center about the COVID-19 pandemic on April 3, 2020.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee House Democrats said Tuesday they now have "zero confidence" in Gov. Bill Lee's ability to lead after the Republican's decision to let his stay-at-home coronavirus order expire April 30.

Lee's planned "reboot" of the economy "is putting the lives of our loved ones and Tennesseans at risk," Democratic Caucus members said in a statement.

Democrats that, although they "fully" back getting Tennesseans back to work, "it needs to be done in a manner that protects the lives of residents during this unprecedented humanitarian crisis."

Right now, Democrats say, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 is still increasing in Tennessee.

Noting that Tennessee still has personal protection equipment shortages as well as "insufficient and incomplete testing, and [has] not had a comprehensive plan for contact tracing laid out to the public," Democrats also said "the process for getting Tennesseans unemployment and financially supporting small businesses has been a complete failure.