MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee doctors that has been pushing Gov. Bill Lee for a statewide mask mandate turned its attention to the legislature Tuesday, the first day of the 2021 legislative session.
Speaking to reporters via videoconference, Dr. Diana Sepehri-Harvey, a Franklin primary care physician, addressed Lee’s stance that individual personal responsibility, not a mandate, is the best way for Tennessee to fight the virus.
“This is a global pandemic, so cannot be fought by individuals,” she said. “We need to come together with a cohesive response. We are asking our state representatives to do the job Gov. Lee has not.”
Despite the severity of the coronavirus outbreak in Tennessee, where more than 7,800 people have died, it seemed unlikely that lawmakers would act on the call for a mask mandate. In the GOP-dominant General Assembly on Tuesday, neither the Senate nor the House speaker was requiring masks for lawmakers and few were wearing them.
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service has re-launched its online tool to allow people to track their coronavirus stimulus payments.
The IRS Get My Payment tool went live early Monday afternoon but may have some delays initially due to high demand. The program was taken offline for several days before it could offer information about the second coronavirus stimulus check.
Last week, the Trump administration announced that the second round of economic impact payments had started to go out, so some people may have already seen the $600 in their accounts through direct deposit.
The IRS explained Monday that the official date funds are available was Monday, Jan. 4, so some Americans may have seen the $600 payments as pending or as provisional payments in their accounts before then. FULL STORY HERE