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Posted on: March 25, 2020

State of Tennessee COVID-19




  • RUMOR: Reports of an April 12, 2020 deadline for hospitals to register with FEMA for PA assistance.
  • TRUTH: FEMA has provided a fact sheet of the FEMA Public Assistance application process for recipients and applicants requesting reimbursement related to federal emergency and major disaster declarations for Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
    • RUMOR: We have heard reports of GoFundMe pages claiming to donate to TEMA or for PPE.
    • TRUTH: TEMA does not collect donations from GoFundMe or any other crowdsourcing site. Businesses wanting to donate PPE can find information here.
      • RUMOR: We have heard reports of individuals stating that COVID-19 is airborne instead of droplet transmitted. They were under the impression that n95 masks were not suitable.
      • TRUTH: Tennessee Department of Health is following the guidance from CDC regarding COVID-19 transmission. Based on what is currently known about COVID-19 and what is known about other coronaviruses, spread is thought to occur mostly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets among close contacts.
        • RUMOR: We continue to hear reports of private industry issuing credentialing cards to their employees to allow them to continue to work during a shutdown. 
        • TRUTH: Although businesses may issue these cards, they do not hold any special privileges. Tennessee does not have a statewide credentialing system. Guidance for essential businesses/industries from CISA can be found here. 



  • Overall, there has been an increase in conspiracy-theory like activity.
  • Individuals continue to share a negative sentiment surrounding access to testing.
  • Continue to see reports of price gouging.
  • Increased number of individuals calling for stricter statewide shutdowns.
  • Continue to hear reports of private sector credentialing employees.




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