Though life has returned to normal in many ways, the pandemic hasn’t disappeared and the potential for a resurgence exists.
Health Department Leadership in Transition
As Omicron adds a new dimension to the pandemic, the county says it might not assemble a new public health team until the fall of 2022.
Health Department Gets Interim Leaders
Katharine Killen and Kevin Parton will temporarily step up when Dr. Martha Buchanan steps down.
After leading the local COVID-19 response, the director of the Knox County Health Department is stepping down.
All In on Vaccinations
COVID-19 cases are rising at a rapid clip, but mask mandates and business restrictions are not on the table.
Health Department Moves to Correct Deficiencies
After an audit prompted by a lost vaccine shipment, officials assure county commissioners they are making reforms.
Divided School Board Approves KPD Agreement
For the second month in a row, the board deadlocked on seeking community input about school security.
Knox County’s indoor mask requirement died quickly amid the interplay of the governor’s manifold executive orders on the COVID-19 response.
Jacobs Ends Mask Mandate
Officials have given no explanation for the change in authority that bypassed Dr. Martha Buchanan, the county’s public health officer.
Restrictions to Continue
Knox County’s health officer says she will extend public health orders when full pandemic response decisions fall to her.