Mayor Kincannon mandates masks inside city-owned buildings

Mayor Kincannon mandates masks inside city-owned buildings

Mayor Indya Kincannon signed an executive order yesterday mandating masks be worn inside all City-owned buildings.   The order comes following a week of significant increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Knox County.   “Wearing a mask is one thing we know will help mitigate the spread of this virus,” Kincannon said. […]

Gov. Lee Extends State of Emergency to Aug. 29, 2020

New executive orders extend key provisions from previous orders Tennessee Governor Bill Lee yesterday signed Executive Order No. 50 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to August 29, 2020. The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the […]

MEDIC Regional Blood Center Announces FDA Changes in Donor Deferrals and Increased Demand for COVID Convalescent Plasma Donors

MEDIC Regional Blood Center has updated donor eligibility requirements per FDA approval. The FDA recently evaluated blood donor eligibility criteria and recommended a reduction in deferral time period for several areas. MEDIC Senior Management evaluated and adopted these recommendations.   The following areas are now a 3-month deferral after the last date of exposure: Tattoo […]

New program to pay housing costs for residents affected by COVID-19

New program to pay housing costs for residents affected by COVID-19

The City of Knoxville’s new COVID-19 Housing Assistance Program will assist renters and homeowners struggling to pay for housing due to income lost because of the pandemic.   The goal of the program is to help an estimated 570 renter households and 140 homeowner households make their current and overdue housing payments.   “Many Knoxville […]

Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group Updates Guidance for Close Contact Businesses, Exercise Facilities, Recreation and Adds Community Events Guidance

Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group Updates Guidance for Close Contact Businesses, Exercise Facilities, Recreation and Adds Community Events Guidance

Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group continues to advance the state’s reopening plan, issuing updated guidelines today for close contact service businesses, exercise facilities and recreation activities under the Tennessee Pledge. In addition, the ERG added recommendations for large community events to the previously issued guidance for attractions and large venues. Events like fairs, festivals, expos and […]

Gov. Bill Lee COVID-19 Bulletin 34

Today, Governor Bill Lee provided an update on Tennessee’s efforts regarding COVID-19. Gov. Lee’s conferences can be viewed here. Visit tn.gov/covid19 for up-to-date administrative action.   Key Updates   Testing Strategy Continues to Meet Goals Tennessee continues to be a national leader in COVID-19 testing. Tennessee has already tested 2.5% of the state’s population and […]

KCHD releases guidance for Phase Two of community reopening plan

Knox County and the City of Knoxville will begin Phase Two of the community’s reopening plan on Tuesday, the Knox County Health Department announced today.   Most industries can operate in Phase Two if they can maintain safety and health precautions. The Phase Two guidelines are on KCHD’s website, titled “Reopening Plan: Phase Two Amendment”. […]

UT System COVID-19 Task Force Releases ‘Best Practices’ for Re-Opening Campuses

The University of Tennessee System’s COVID-19 task force has released a report that provides guidance, recommendations and best practices to re-open its campuses in the fall. “The faculty and staff at each of our campuses have done an incredible job of thinking through the details of re-opening their campuses this fall,” said UT System President […]

Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group Issues Updated Guidance for Restaurants and Retail, Allows for Large Attractions to Open

Tennessee continues to advance the state’s reopening plan under the Tennessee Pledge, as the Economic Recovery Group issued updated guidelines today for restaurants and retail, along with new guidelines that enable attractions and larger venues to reopen with social distancing and capacity restrictions on or after May 22. The State continues to meet the White […]

Mayor Jacobs Makes Statement About Local Plans for Phase 2

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs provided the following statement regarding local Phase 2 reopening plans, additional information for which is to be presented by Dr. Buchanan during the Knox County Health Department’s regularly-scheduled 12:30 p.m. press conference today.   “I want to applaud Dr. Buchanan, her team and the citizen volunteers of the Knoxville-Knox County […]