Tennessee prepares to send National Guard to hospitals for COVID-19 surge

Nashville Tenneseean: As the surging coronavirus outbreak threatens to overwhelm Tennessee’s health care infrastructure, Gov. Bill Lee invoked emergency authority allowing National Guard members to be sent to hospitals as nurses, COVID-19 testers or ambulance drivers.

According to Executive Order 68, issued Friday, guardsmembers will only be given  these duties if they have “appropriate training or skills” and the assignment is approved by Guard Adjutant General Jeff Holmes and state Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey.

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