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 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 […]

City Requests Input on Re-Opening After COVID-19

~ from the Office of Neighborhoods The City of Knoxville is currently in Phase 1 of re-opening after the onset of COVID-19 in March.  The Knox County Health Department is regularly testing and closely monitoring the number of cases in our area.  Closures and guidelines are being closely watched and considered as we work up […]

Economic Recovery Group to Lift Capacity Restrictions on Restaurants and Retail, Allow for Large Attractions to Open

As Tennessee continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the state’s Economic Recovery Group announced today it will lift capacity restrictions on restaurants and retail to instead focus on social distancing best practices effective May 22 and issue guidelines to facilitate the safe reopening of larger, non-contact attractions on or after May 22. New Tennessee […]

Knox Makes Masks Seeks Support for Volunteers

Not-for-profit organization Knox Makes Masks is working hard to take and fill orders of homemade masks for hospitals and frontline workers across East Tennessee.   Knox Makes Masks provides masks free of charge to frontline workers. All masks are made by volunteers from donated materials, and volunteers pick up masks from their makers and deliver […]

Masks from state to be distributed by KCHD

~ from Amy Dolinky, Knox County COVID-19 Joint Information Center  As Governor Lee mentioned in his media briefing yesterday, the state ordered facemasks for distribution through local health departments. KCHD has received a shipment of masks from the state and will begin distributing those today. The public can visit the main KCHD building (140 Dameron […]