Congressman Cohen Commends Governor Lee for Ordering Mandatory Shelter in Place

April 2, 2020
Press Release
Other states are flattening the curve through required social distancing

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today commended Governor Bill Lee for finally heeding the advice of public health officials and making his shelter-in-place order mandatory. Congressman Cohen had expressed concern that Tennessee continued to lose valuable time flattening the curve and increasing the possibility of exposure to the virus. Tennessee recently made national headlines for failing to heed the advice of health experts and not demand that non-essential workers and others stay at home. Medical modeling has established that the practice has proven effective in places like Washington state, Florida and even Mississippi that have recently reversed course and implemented such orders.


Congressman Cohen made the following statement:


“I want to commend Governor Lee for his belated decision to heed the advice of public health experts and make his shelter-in-place recommendations mandatory. Tennessee’s case numbers and deaths from the coronavirus continue to soar. The practice has proven effective in flattening the curve and limiting exposure to the virus. I know that Governor Lee reviewed the relevant health data in making his decision. I’m pleased that he listened to the advice of thousands of Tennesseans and medical professionals who encouraged him to do the right thing.”


Congressman Cohen twice wrote to Governor Lee, and mentioned it on national television Wednesday night, asking him to make his order mandatory. The Congressman also wrote to the Governors of Arkansas and Mississippi asking them to order residents to stay home in an effort to prevent Memphis medical facilities being overrun. Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves issued an order for his state Wednesday evening.