Knox County’s Safer at Home Order
For more information on Knox County’s Safer at Home Order and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.
Knox County numbers are updated daily at 11 a.m. EDT. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; there may be a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level.
Visit the TDH webpage for statewide updates.
Everyone has a role. Learn how you can prepare.
- High risk groups – Learn who is at high risk so you can help protect our community.
- If you are sick – Protect your health and those around you.
- Families – Preparedness for any emergency starts at home.
- Businesses – The Knoxville Chamber has resources for local businesses.
- Mass gatherings – Updated guidance for large events/mass gatherings.
- Prevention Interventions for Child Care Facilities
- Media Releases
- There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that hasn’t previously been seen in humans.
- There is still more influenza and other respiratory illness circulating in our community than COVID-19.
- COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet):
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs by people in close contact.
- For the vast majority, symptoms of COVID-19 are mild. Fever and respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, are some of the common symptoms. Other typical cold symptoms such as a runny nose and a sore throat are generally not associated with COVID-19.
- Those who are not sick do not need to be seen by a medical provider or tested.
- If you are sick, click here.
Knox County Health Department
As a public health agency, Knox County Health Department works to promote and protect the health of everyone in our community. They track and monitor diseases, conduct extensive health education and outreach, provide and connect people with care, enforce food safety and air quality laws and regulations, prepare for public health emergencies, and more — all with the goal to ensure the conditions in which every Knox County resident can be healthy.
Contact Knox County Health Department at 865-215-5300 or [email protected].