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

Tennessee Business Relief Program

The Tennessee Business Relief Program was initiated to provide relief payments to businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If your business is eligible for relief, you will receive notification with instructions on how to verify eligibility and receive payment. 

Is My Business Eligible?

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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.

The Jefferson County Health Department is offering COVID-19 testing times. The current testing times are:

Monday, Wednesday, + Friday: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Testing at the health department remains free of charge and is done by appointment. Please, call 865-397-3930 and press “0.” All testing is drive thru with people staying in their cars for testing.

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 www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.
The CDC has updated information and guidance available online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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COVID-19 Case Classification

Clinicians and Laboratories are required to report COVID-illnesses (cases) to TDH. Public health professionals contact every case of COVID-19 statewide to interview them and learn more about their illness, exposures and contacts. Learn more by downloading the flyer below:

COVID Case Information Flyer Download

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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.

 

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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.

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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