The latest updates to procedures and meetings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

AS OF MAY 4TH: Jefferson County Offices will open to the public on May 04 with limited access to offices. The courthouse may be accessed through the ADA entrance. Customers will see the courthouse security officer who will contact the appropriate office. County offices will limit the number of customers allowed in their office to reduce exposure.

Sneeze screens are being installed to limit contact.  Employees will be provided cloth masks.

Safety is our primary concern, and we are doing all we can to protect our employees and the public.


A Letter from Mayor Potts Regarding Face Coverings

Mayor Potts announces “As county mayor, I will not issue an order that requires the use of face coverings in public places. I do strongly encourage all people to consider protecting those people around us. There are ways we can help stop the spread of this virus even without a face covering mandate. We can follow the guidelines already in place. We can take the Governor’s Pledge.”

Read the full letter here.

TN on a face masks as a show of how face masks help fight covid 19

#TNfights Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19!

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced Thursday, July 23, 2020, the State will launch a public service announcement campaign that urges all Tennesseans to fight against the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. The ad campaign, titled “Face It. Masks Fight COVID-19”, will run on broadcast and cable television, digital, social media, print, and billboards statewide.

Full Press Release on “Face It” Campaign

If you are a registered voter and do not wish to vote in-person due to the COVID-19 situation, you are eligible to request an absentee ballot by mail. You also have the option to vote in-person during early voting or on Election Day.
Click the button below for more information.

Update Thursday, March 26, 2020:
Jefferson County declaration of emergency during the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

COVID-19 is sweeping the nation and the world. Mayor Mark Potts addresses the coronavirus and how the county is responding in a video for the residents of Jefferson County and all interested!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) questions?
Contact the Tennessee Department of Health at 1-877-857-2945.

Jefferson County Health Department is offering assessments for COVID-19.

Update: The Jefferson County Health Department is expanding COVID-19 testing times. Beginning on Monday, April 13, the health department will be doing COVID-19 testing each week day during the hours of 12:30-3:30 PM. Before coming for testing, please call the health department at 865-397-3930 for a suggested time to arrive.

People who have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact the health department at 865-397-3930 and press 0,for consultation and to talk through potential options for testing in their area.

If you are ill and experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (fever and cough, shortness of breath or breathing problems) it is recommended you call either your health care provider or the health department first so they can arrange for your arrival to minimize the risk of exposing others to an illness

There are many things the public can do to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly
  • Practice social/physical distancing from others, be safer at home

The East Regional Health Office has an information line for local residents and healthcare providers to call with questions or concerns related to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.  The information line is 865-549-5343, and is designed to provide callers with trusted information related to COVID-19. Residents with medical questions will be referred to their health care provider or a public health nurse.  The information line is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TDH has additional information available at
The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at


Executive Orders by Governor Lee

Updated Tuesday, May 26, 2020:

Executive Order No. 38

Full Text of Executive Order 38 Signed Friday May 22, 2020.

An order expanding the number of Tennesseans who may return to work safely while urging continued adherence to health and social distancing guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.

This Order supercedes and repeals the following executive orders: Executive Order No.30, Executive Order No. 33, and Executive Order No. 35.

Executive Order No. 34

Full Text of Executive Order 34 Signed Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

An order extending until June 30, 2020, Executive Order No.16 temporarily permitting safe, open, and transparent public meetings by electronic means to preserve and increase the containment of COVID-19.



Governor Lee Announces TN Business Relief Program

It was announced on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, there would be a new relief program for Tennessee businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full press release here.


Updates, Information, Cancellations, & Closures

Update Tuesday, May 26, 2020: Senior centers or equivalent facilities are to remain closed to members or the the public as a provision of Executive Order No. 38. Any senior needing help with food or meals, please contact the Office on Aging at 865-397-3197. Visit the senior services page for more information and other resources.

Update Thursday, April 30, 2020:

Economic Recovery Group releases guidance for close contact businesses for May 6 reopen.

Full Text Read of ERG Close Contact Guidance Release

Update Tuesday, April 21, 2020:

The Monday, April 27, 2020, Jefferson County Budget Committee Meeting will be held electronically then placed on our YouTube Channel the following day.

Full Public Notice of April 27, 2020 Budget Committee Meeting

Update Monday, March 23, 2020:

Courthouse offices are open. We encourage residents to utilize alternative methods of correspondence, i.e. telephone, internet.
The following measures are effective immediately:

  • The ADA entrance on the north side of the building is the only entrance.
  • Please see the Courthouse Security Officer upon entry.
  • The  security officer will contact the department you need and someone from that department will come and assist you.

Thank you for your patience during this time.

Notice of Cancellation of Animal Control Oversight Board meeting Friday, March 27, 2020.

Original: PUBLIC NOTICE – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all County Commissioners and residents of Jefferson County, TN, and to all other person who might be interested,of cancellations and closures for the months of March and April.

Full Notice Cancellations and Closure Archives Office

Are you a business that has personal protective equipment (PPE) and would like to donate it?

The following items are currently priority in the effort against COVID-19:

  • masks
  • gloves
  • gowns
  • face-shields
  • goggles
  • hand sanitizer
  • cleaning wipes
  • Tyvek suits
  • thermometers

All items must be new and unused.

Donations may be dropped off at the National Guard Armory in Jefferson City from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM local time, Monday – Friday.

National Guard Armory
270 E. Old Andrew Johnson Hwy
Jefferson City, TN 37760
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(865) 475-8710

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