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.

Vaccination Eligibility Expanded

Educators and people 65 and older will be able to receive COVID-19 vaccines as early as next week under new guidance from state health officials.

Vanishing Vaccine

The Knox County Health Department believes an employee inadvertently tossed out nearly 1,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Time Enough for Another Round

The Board of Health issues a new order that allows bars and restaurants that serve alcohol to say open one hour later during the pandemic.

A 90-Day Reprieve

Commission 1-25-21

Knox County Commission postpones action on dissolving the Board of Health — but makes clear that it still intends to.

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.