UPDATE: Governor announced state funding for needed services

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State health officials say the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Tennessee has reached 154, with 75 of them in Davidson County and 30 in Williamson County. Rutherford County was sitting at 1 confirmed case at last report, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.

Governor Bill Lee say s he's establishing a 150-million-dollar fund to cover public health issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The governor is also making a unprecedented contribution to the state's rainy day fund.

The state's General Assembly is rushing to pass bills, including a budget package, before it goes on recess this weekend. Lawmakers are not due to return until June first.

Automakers in the U-S, including Nissan, are shutting down their factories as they join the national effort to manage the spread of COVID-19. This includes Nissan's North American headquarters in Franklin and its factory in Smyrna, where some eight-thousand workers are employed in Tennessee. There are two other Nissan facilities in Decherd, Tennessee, for the Nissan and Infiniti brands. Operations will shut down beginning tomorrow and extend through April sixth.


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