Hamblen County Coronavirus Taskforce Update

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A total of 15 people were in critical care at Morristown-Hamblen Hamblen Healthcare Systems Thursday afternoon from COVID-19 as the hospital finds itself easing into surge levels and on the brink of overcapacity, according to members of the Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force.

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Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said Tuesday he is still mulling over the idea of a mask mandate after the governor granted county mayors the authority to issue such an order last week.

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Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger issued a press release Wednesday saying the Cocke County COVID-19 Task Force continues to meet each week discussing and acting on a wide range of issues in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, care for those infected, and promote efforts to…

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note that the city charter for Morristown indicates the city may regulations to stop the spread of contagious disease.  While county officials have no such power, it appears city officials could enact regulations requiring masks. 

Mayor Brittain reminds us that we can help reduce the impact of the coronavirus by practicing social distancing, hand washing, and using masks in public.

As coronavirus cases spike in Hamblen County and continue to rise in Greene, Hawkins and Hancock counties, Chancellor Douglas T. Jenkins will require masks in all courtrooms in the Third Judicial District beginning Monday as a means of ending court proceedings altogether.

Retired Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Director David Purkey expressed concern about the spread of COVID-19 in the Lakeway Area during a Zoom meeting of the Lakeway Church Coalition Tuesday afternoon.

On June 19, Walters State received its first report of a positive COVID-19 case. The individual who self-reported the positive case attended a one-night, non-credit class on Wednesday, June 17, in the college’s Public Safety Building on the Morristown campus.

The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself.

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Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, asked the Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force Tuesday for some direction on how to proceed with the upcoming school year.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Hamblen County, local officials are saying there still should not be alarm because the total active cases continues to be stable.

With the expiration of Gov. Bill Lee’s Stay at Home order on April 30, Lakeway Area businesses were able to begin their phased reopening, something the small business community welcomed, albeit with safety precautions. From restaurants, to industries to retail establishments, each has faced …

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