TFBF President Jeff Aiken on Gov. Bill Lee’s Coronavirus Task Force

Governor Bill Lee announced the formation of a Coronavirus Task Force to enhance Tennessee’s coordinated efforts to prevent, identify, and treat potential cases of COVID-19.

“As confirmed cases of the coronavirus spread across the country, it is important that Tennessee remains prepared,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “To help us be even better prepared, this group of experts will work closely with me and my administration, along with local, state, and federal agencies as we continue to monitor any potential developments. I appreciate their willingness to serve our state.”

The task force will develop and execute strong precautionary measures, resource allocation, and emergency response plans should the need arise in Tennessee.

The following Tennesseans will serve on the task force:
Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health
Dr. Penny Schwinn, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Education
Dr. Jonathan Moorman, Infectious Disease Division Chief, East TN State University
Dr. Martha Buchanan, Director, Knox County Metro Health Department
Mike Krause, Executive Director, TN Higher Education Commission
Bradley Jackson, President and CEO, TN Chamber of Commerce
Dr. Tom Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Jonathan Perlin, Chief Medical Officer, HCA
Dr. Wendy Long, President and CEO, TN Hospital Association
Dr. Sara Cross, Infectious Disease Chief, Regional One Health
Holly Sullivan, Director of Worldwide Economic Development, Amazon
Doug Kreulen, Chief Executive Officer, Nashville International Airport
Jeff Aiken, President, TN Farm Bureau
David Lusk, Director, FedEx Global Security Operations Center
Rebecca Kelly, State Director, AARP Tennessee

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