Buchanan Resigns

Martha Buchanan

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.

Mandate Post-Mortem

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

Martha Buchanan

Knox County’s health officer says she will extend public health orders when full pandemic response decisions fall to her.

‘There Is No Us and Them’

Pledging to protect the community, Buchanan expresses dismay at the divisions over the pandemic response following the Board of Health’s demise.