NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee small businesses that have been economically harmed as a result of the coronavirus outbreak can apply for U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans. 

The state Department of Economic and Community Development said in a news release last week that small businesses and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans of up to $2 million.

The funds are to be used for financial obligations and operating expenses. The request for the economic injury disaster loan declaration was submitted Wednesday. 

RELATED: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signs Executive Order 17: suspends in-person dining, closes gyms, takes other measures to slow coronavirus spread

RELATED: 505 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Tennessee, number of Knox County cases rises to five