Tennessee state officials are preparing for a future with COVID-19.
Governor Bill Lee said COVID-19 has not taken a vacation. It is still here and our caseload is climbing.
The State Department of Health released new daily numbers Wednesday afternoon. The results showed 1,806 new cases in 24 hours. That is the highest 24-hour increase the state has seen.
Governor Lee and state health officials are now encouraging all Tennesseans to social distance and wear masks.
"We all want to return to normal. But, until there is a vaccine we have to keep our social behaviors in perspective," said Governor Lee, "Don't put our state two steps backward by refusing to wear a mask."
Now, the state is looking to hire more contact tracers to collect research and nail down hot spots.
Governor Lee also signed an executive order which grants COVID-19 liability protections to all Tennessee healthcare workers.