Resources

I am paying close attention to any Coronavirus (COVID-19) developments and have heard concerns from many constituents about this current public health situation. It is extremely important East Tennesseans are kept up to date with federal, state, and local responses and the available resources. During this time, please look out for one another and take the necessary steps to keep yourself and others healthy. 

On this page you will find frequently updated links, information, and guidance about the recent outbreak of Coronavirus. Please check them often to stay up to date on any further Coronavirus developments. Additioanlly, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Coronavirus website for more information. 
 

Best tips for preventing contraction of COVID-19: 

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home from work or social events if you feel ill

You can also visit the CDC's prevention website for additional guidance.

 

Everyone should practice social distancing:

  • Avoiding public gatherings is key to preventing the spread of COVID-19
  • Social gatherings should be limited to 10 people
  • Cover you mouth and nose with a close face cover when around others
  • Do not take unnecessary trips or vacations
  • Go out to meet your basic needs, such as grocery shopping, but not go out to socialize at bars or restaurants
  • Telework from home if you are able
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement facilities, hospitals, or other places with elderly folks or those who are at-risk of getting sick
  • If you have children who are sick, keep them at home and do not send them to school
  • Wear a cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible 

More guidance from the CDC about social distancing can be found on the CDC's official website

CDC Cloth Face Covering

Centers for Disease Control Background Resources:

CDC Situation Update

Coronavirus: What you need to know

Coronavirus: What to do if you are sick

Coronavirus: Mitigations strategies to avoid community spread

Coronavirus: Resources for community- and faith-based leaders

 

Travel Updates and Advisories:

UPDATE: On March 20, the State Department issued an advisory urging all American to avoid international travel at this time

CDC Travel Health Notices

State Department Travel Recommendations

State Department Country Travel Adivisories

Changes in Passport Operations due to COVID-19

 

Internal Revenue Service guidance on 2020 taxes:

IRS moves Tax Day 2020 to July 15

 

Tennessee Department of Health and Local Resources:

TDH COVID-19 Response and Statewide Resources

TDH Coronavirus home page

Tennessee Coronavirus Public Information Line: 1-877-857-2945

Tennessee Department of Health: 615-741-7247

East Tennessee Regional Health Department: 865-546-9221 

Knox County Health Department: 865-215-5000 

Blount County Health Department: 865-983-4582

Loudon County Health Department: 865-458-2514 

Jefferson County Health Department: 865-397-3930

Grainger County Health Department: 865-828-5247

Claiborne County Health Department: 423-626-4291

Campbell County Health Department: 423-562-8351