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 […]

COVID-19 Unified Command Taps Strategic Partnerships for Essential Supplies and Services in COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Unified Command Taps Strategic Partnerships for Essential Supplies and Services in COVID-19 Response

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group (UCG) is announcing two strategic partnerships today in the state’s COVID-19 re-opening effort to make sure Tennessee households and health care workers have protective face coverings and clean personal protective equipment.   “We’ve used private sector innovation, strategic partnerships, and state procurement efforts to make personal protective equipment […]

How Should Older Adults Respond to Easing of Tennessee’s Safer at Home Orders?

Vulnerable Population Urged to Continue COVID-19 Safety Measures   As the state gradually emerges from its COVID-19 restrictions, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability reminds older adults that they should continue to be vigilant about exposing themselves to the deadly coronavirus.   “Older adults across the state have demonstrated great resolve in keeping themselves […]

Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Releases Guidance on Reopening Houses of Worship

Today, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives released guidance for faith communities on gathering together in houses of worship.   “Tennessee’s faith leaders have been incredibly innovative in finding alternative ways to worship that incorporate social distancing so they can continue to provide spiritual guidance, fellowship, and service to their neighbors during these […]