COVID Responses

County Commission Zoom meeting

County commissioners may vote next week on dissolving the Board of Health. In the meantime, they support more funding for pandemic homeless services.

Shots and Surprises

Despite lagging logistics, high demand and overwhelmed phone systems, more than 4,000 county residents have received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pre-Pandemic Risk

The Health Department’s most recent Community Health Assessment shows how vulnerable Knox County’s population was when COVID-19 arrived.

Contact Tracing Reset

With COVID-19 cases rising, the Knox County Health Department is changing the way it tracks the illness through the community.

Health Order: Small Groups Only

The Board of Health has limited the size of public and private gatherings, albeit with numerous exceptions, in an attempt to slow COVID-19’s spread.

A Mandate Compromise

The Board of Health passes a scaled-back restriction on restaurant capacity and closing times, but delays action on limiting social gatherings.

Rethinking Thanksgiving

A newly formed group of local leaders and the CDC are urging citizens to get creative to have a safe holiday during the pandemic.

Knox COVID-19 Cases Soar

The Health Department begs the public to take precautions as City Council moves against scofflaw drinking establishments.