Vanderbilt Doctor of Infectious Disease Says Governor Needs a Stay at Home Order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (March 26, 2020) During a CNN interview this Thursday, when asked if Governor Lee’s current actions to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Tennessee “went far enough”, Dr. Aronoff, Director of the Division of Infectious Disease at Vanderbilt Medical School, said,

"We are gaining more and more cases across the state. A safe-at-home policy enacted across the state is where we need to be heading if we want to flatten the curve and not overwhelm our healthcare facilities with patients."

Just over a week ago on March 20th, Dr. Aronoff signed a letter along with 2,000 other medical experts in Tennessee calling on Gov. Bill Lee to issue a Stay at Home order. In response, Gov. Lee issued Executive Order 17 closing bars, gyms, restaurants, and encouraging citizens to work from home. However, Dr. Aaron Milstone a Franklin, TN Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at Williamson Medical Center says these steps do not go far enough and, “Gov. Lee’s failure to listen to doctors and issue a Stay at Home order has allowed things to get worse in our state.”

Dr. Aronoff’s message on CNN Thursday appears to make that case as well.

View the CNN Interview here.