Hamblen County Coronavirus Taskforce Update
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NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will require customers to wear face coverings at all of its namesake and Sam's Club stores, making it the largest retailer to introduce such a policy that has otherwise proven difficult to enforce without state and federal requirements.
Even as Tennessee was reporting a record number of new cases Monday, Gov. Bill Lee said there are many things to be encouraged about in the battle against coronavirus.
Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, spoke in depth Monday during the Hamblen County Commission’s workshop about the need for internet connectivity throughout the county as the school system sees itself having to do more online classes because of COVID-19.
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.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee earlier this week announced the decision as to whether or not to mandate face coverings has been given to county mayors in the 89 counties with a state-affiliated health department.
Just hours after Hamblen County said it would not issue a mandate for wearing masks, Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts followed suit saying that county would not require masks either.
Citing an inability to enforce a mandate, Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said Wednesday he will not order masks be worn in public. However, Brittain encourages everyone to wear masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
NASHVILLE (AP) — A group of critical care physicians called on Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee to do more to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
A day after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee announced he would grant Bill Brittain, and 88 other Tennessee county mayors the power to mandate the wearing of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Hamblen County mayor was weighing the decisions ahead.
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Knox County on Friday joined Nashville and Memphis in requiring people to wear face masks in many public settings to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville will roll back its reopening in response to a sharp increase in coronavirus cases, Mayor John Cooper said Thursday.
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…
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.
The Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force met Tuesday in a Zoom meeting and the message was clear – everyone needs to do their part as cases continue to rise in Hamblen County.
A day after announcing that football and girls soccer would not be able to start on time, the TSSAA met Wednesday to discuss proposals for the upcoming school year.
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.
The TSSAA announced Tuesday that high school contact sports, which include girls soccer and football, cannot begin their seasons as scheduled following Gov. Bill Lee's extension of the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee extended the State of Emergency Monday to Aug. 29 and it includes urging people to wear masks, continue social distancing and limiting contact sports.
Two more Hamblen County Jail corrections officers and five more inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, making the jail the largest cluster of COVID-19 cases in the county, officials confirmed this morning.
Despite altered work procedures designed to increase safety, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is pushing ahead on construction projects across the state.
The recent spike in positive coronavirus cases among Hamblen County residents is not entirely attributable to more testing in the county, which this week was labeled a hotspot by the state of Tennessee.
The Hamblen County COVID-19 Task Force met Wednesday morning via a Zoom meeting after the state labeled the county a “hot spot.”
Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, released a detailed summary Monday evening, detailing the protocols of schools reopening on July 31.
The Lady Eagles basketball coach at Cosby High School has announced he has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
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.
A dozen inmates of the Hamblen County jail and a corrections officer have tested positive for COVID-19, Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnagin said Thursday.
MEMPHIS (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in Tennessee hospitals has hit a grim new record at more than 400, and more than twice that number could need beds in the weeks ahead as the state grapples with a new spike in its coronavirus caseload, Vanderbilt University researchers reported …
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- Hamblen COVID numbers hold steady
- State reports major jump in Hamblen COVID cases
- Hamblen County adds 13 COVID cases to official tally
- Hamblen County reports third COVID-19 death
- Lakeway Area businesses adjust to new realities as they reopen
- Task force: Rise in Hamblen cases not a reason for serious concern, but continue social distancing
- Governor Bill Lee announces COVID-19 business relief program
- Hamblen County confirmed COVID cases continue to rise
- Tribune debuts small business grant program
- Free jobs site connecting employees and employers in the Lakeway Area
- Lakeway Area hospitals get grants
- Graham: Virus has impacted projects
- Independence Day fireworks will take place in Cherokee Park
- TCAT brings students back for summer session
- Heritage Center hosts parade for residents, families
- Commission to start budget presentation first week of June
- Zoo Knoxville reopening Monday
- Pandemic will suppress Memorial Day travel, but spur future travel plans
- Social distancing, nurses style
- Summer events still up in air
- Take and Makes provide local children with art supplies on the go
- Lakeway Area schools announce plans for graduations
- Certain choices still make perfect sense in the continuing battle against COVID-19
- LMU preparing for seated classes this fall
- Targeted lockdowns show promise versus universal lockdown
- St. Patrick hosts COVID testing event
- Club sets opening date, guidelines for summer program
- Donation supports Food on Foot
- Courtrooms must be a significant part of reopening the state
- Wearing a hole in the grass
- Filling the Need: Food on Foot gets support
- Celebrating Nurses: Nurses Week takes on new meaning
- Encore supporters shine during giving event
- LMU Medical students raise over $7,000 for PPE and meals for Knoxville health care workers
- Take care in what you share
- Knoxville TVA Employees CU returning to regular hours
- New Beginnings Ministries gives away 150 meals in Johnson City
- TCAT to return under new guidelines May 18
- Lee: 23K have been tested at state’s drive through sites
- MU donates $40K to Central Services for utility bill assistance
- Government and business leaders implement guidelines to prevent virus spread as society opens
- Task force partners with Tribune on jobs website
- Little League Lost
- Morristown officials cancel Little League season
- Hamblen ESP returns following COVID-related hiatus
- Lakeway Church Coalition meets
- Courts begin process of returning to normal
- COVID-19 vaccine hunt heats up globally, still no guarantee
- Milligan to host commencement in August
- Governor Lee issues guidelines for church