Fentress County, TN COVID-19 Update

On Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 The Governor of Tennessee, Bill Lee signed executive order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models beginning Today March 23rd until midnight April 6th, 2020.  The order also outlines ways businesses and citizens should work to protect vulnerable populations.

 Executive Order 17 prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people and enacts the following provisions regarding restaurants, bars, and similar food and drink establishments:

Establishments are to exclusively offer drive-thru, take-out or delivery options to support families, businesses and the food supply chain during this emergency.

Gyms and fitness/exercise centers or substantially similar facilities are to temporarily close and suspend in-person services until April 6th, 2020.

Visitation to nursing homes, retirement homes and long-term care or assisted-living facilities is now limited to visits involving essential care only.

Businesses are encouraged to enact policies that take extra steps to assist vulnerable populations by considering measures such as shopping hours exclusive from the general public.

Fentress County is continuing to coordinate with the Tennessee Department of Health and the healthcare community to make sure all Fentress County residents are protected.
We are closely monitoring this evolving situation as soon as we have new information, we will update the community. You can always find new updates on the county website www.FentressCountyTn.gov

 The actions that Fentress County Government Offices are taking to protect the public and our employees will remain in effect through April 1st, 2020.

All Fentress County Government Buildings remain closed to public access.  Your officials are still open, by appointment only.  Please call ahead, some offices may be able to assist you over the phone or guide you online, which will keep you from having to make a trip into the office. Reminder, tag renewals expiring in March and April have been extended until June 15th.  Solid Waste convenience centers are still open to the public.  We are requiring that all trash be bagged and that you remain in your vehicle when you bring your trash to the site. Please bag your recyclables so they do not have to be handled individually.  The Fentress County Library will be closed to the public through April 1st, 2020. 

Now is a time for all of us to work together.  We are encouraging Fentress County to join with every Tennessean to take these actions seriously. 

Your part is important, please follow all guidelines and it is important that you call before visiting your doctor, or the Health Department. CALL FIRST.  They will tell you if you need to be tested, and where to go to get tested. Call first so you don’t make an unnecessary trip.

We are stronger together.  Please do your part to keep those you love safe.

Thank you, Jimmy Johnson Fentress County Executive.