The latest updates to procedures and meetings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
*This timeline is subject to change based on each county’s phase progression and supply of vaccines. For more information, head to the TN Department of Health’s Vaccine Phases page.
Tennessee was among the first states to add age-based risk as a priority in our COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, and continues to prioritize vaccination of Tennesseans aged 75 and older as they are most at risk for serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. We are making rapid progress in vaccinating our highest-risk populations, and we’re excited to expand our vaccination efforts to other risk-based age groups as vaccine supplies increase.
If your phase or age group is presently being vaccinated, you will be eligible to add your name to this Waitlist. Full details on the page. **YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO ADD YOUR NAME IF YOU QUALIFY FOR THE PRESENT PHASES OR AGE GROUP**
Governor Lee signs Executive Order 70
On Sunday, December 20, 2020, Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 70, “an order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and preserve the health care capacity by limiting gatherings and spectator events and ursing working from home.”
On December 22, 2020, the Supreme Court of Tennessee in Nashville released an “order extending state of emergency and reinstating suspension of in-person court proceedings”.
Pursant of this new order the Jefferson County Circuit Court Clerk’s office will operate under COVID Operation Schedule per office policy. To learn more visit the Circuit Court page, JeffersonCircuit.com, or download this document outlining the procedures.
In response to the Governor’s latest Executive Order and the rise in COVID-19 cases across Jefferson County and in the surrounding areas, the Jefferson County Clerk’s office will begin operating under its COVID-19 Operations Plan beginning January 4, 2021 through January 31, 2021.
In an effort to remain open and able to continue serving the public during this time we will be operating with limited staff members in the office, reducing our operating hours, and temporarily suspending our Saturday service.
The main office in Dandridge will be open Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM and the satellite office in Jefferson City will be open Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Citizens are encouraged to utilize our online services at www.tncountyclerk.com, mail services via P.O. Box 710, Dandridge, TN 37725, by phone at 865-397-2935 (Dandridge) or 865-350-2265 (Jefferson City), or one of our three self-service renewal kiosk located in the lobby of the Dandridge office, Wal-Mart in Jefferson City, or the lobby of the White Pine Police Department.
There’s a lot of information out there on when and how long to quarantine or isolate. The TN Department of Health is here to help. Follow the link to learn more:
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:
Options to Reduce Quarantine for Contacts
The CDC currently recommends a quarantine period of 14 days. However, based on local circumstances and resources, there may be acceptable alternatives to shorten quarantine for contacts of persons with COVID-19.
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.”
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
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:
- hand sanitizer
- cleaning wipes
- Tyvek suits
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