Note: This story was updated at 5:30 p.m. July 16.
Oliver Springs Mayor Omer Cox tested positive for COVID-19 before a scheduled surgery, and he said he does not have any symptoms and is not sick.
“Hopefully, I won’t be,” Cox said.
Cox said he was tested on Saturday morning at Tennova North. He was notified by his surgeon of the positive test result at 9:45 a.m. Monday. The surgery was canceled.
Cox said he is in self-quarantine at home and following doctor’s orders, and he has notified everyone that he has had contact with.
Oliver Springs municipal employees have been notified and most have been tested, Cox said.
Oliver Springs City Hall will be closed to the public until August 3, and the Board of Alderman meeting for Thursday has been canceled.
The Oliver Springs City Court scheduled for July 17 and July 24 have been canceled. Call the court clerk at (865) 435-7722, extension 3, after August 3, to reschedule your court appearance.
To help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Cox encouraged people to maintain a distance from others and wear a mask when in public.