Gov. Lee establishes COVID-19 Unified Command

Comm. Stuart McWhorter to lead joint effort between TEMA, Health and Military departments

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Williamson County residents who have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact their local health department for consultation or drive through the assessment and testing sites in Franklin and Fairview.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Monday established the COVID-19 Unified Command, a joint effort to be led by Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, to streamline coordination across the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee Department of Military. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic challenges every aspect of traditional government response in a crisis,” Lee said. “I have appointed the Unified Command to effectively change the way we attack COVID-19 in Tennessee as we work to simultaneously address health, economic and supply crises.” 

Commissioner Stuart McWhorter currently heads the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration and will leave this post to head the COVID-19 Unified Command. McWhorter appointed retired Brig. Gen. Scott Brower to serve as chief of staff for the operation. 

“Gen. Brower’s special forces background and previous service as the Acting Senior Commander for the 101st Airborne Division has enabled him to pull leaders together and troubleshoot quickly in a crisis,” McWhorter said. “Gov. Lee has urged our team to challenge every barrier and assembling this team is the first step.”

Brower resides in Clarksville and most recently served as the military advisor in residence to the president of Austin Peay State University. The COVID-19 Unified Command also includes:

• Patrick Sheehan, TEMA Director

• Dr. Lisa Piercey, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Health

• Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Adjutant General, Tennessee Department of Military 

More information regarding COVID-19 response is available at tn.gov.

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