Anderson County officials on Friday asked residents to watch government meetings on television or stream them online, rather than attend in person.
The request comes as people across the country grapple with the uncertainty over COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. The request came after Anderson County Commission Chair Tracy Wandell and Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank discussed the state of emergency declared by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Thursday and the county’s response to it in terms of government meetings.
“We will continue to conduct meetings to fulfill the jobs we are required to perform and to keep services available to citizens,” a press release said. “However, we encourage citizens to take advantage of Anderson County’s technological capabilities for our meetings. You may watch our meetings on Comcast cable Channel 95 or by streaming online at https://www.andersoncounty.tv.”
Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance recommends citizens avoid non-essential mass gatherings and practice social-distancing in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the press release said.
“We will continue to monitor the virus and continue our communication with state and federal officials,” the release said. “Anderson County has provided links to the latest information on our website at http://www.anderson-county.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Coronavirus-TN-Resources-Guidelines-and-References.pdf.”
If you have questions, you can contact the Tennessee Department of Health’s public information telephone line at (877) 857-2945, which is available 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central time daily.
“We will continue to take additional action as needed,” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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