From the County Executive, March 31st, 2020
We have been notified by the TN Department of Health that a resident of Fentress County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The patient has been placed in quarantine and is recovering at home.
This is not unexpected. Your local officials have been preparing for and expecting this for weeks. We are coordinating with the TDH and the healthcare community to make sure Fentress County residents are protected.
The worst thing we can do during trying times like this is panic. It is important to remember that the vast majority of patients that contract this virus have a mild course of illness and recover quickly. If you are ill with respiratory symptoms, it is very important that you call your doctor first. Do not go the Emergency Department or any doctor's office without calling first. We all have to work together to make sure our health care community is not overwhelmed.
We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will adapt our response as appropriate. Over the next several weeks we might all suffer some inconveniences. You might see things like, you have to do thru the drive through at the bank or a restaurant. There might be some other temporary closures of businesses in the community but this will end and we will be stronger as a community.
Here are some things you can do to help.
As I mentioned, do not go to the doctor or health care facility without calling first. Keep your hands clean and continue to practice social distancing. If you are feeling bad, stay at home. Keep an eye on our elders. They need to be staying at home as much as possible and we need to support them and keep them safe. People over the age of 65 and those with prior illness are at greatest risk so we need to come together and support them.
Again, I want to emphasize, this was not unexpected. We are prepared and are working closely with the TDH and all agencies of government at all levels to minimize the impact on the residents of Fentress County. That has been and continues to be our primary concern. We will get through this together. Of this I am certain.
From the Mayor of Jamestown, March 30th, 2020
Good Afternoon, as you heard from County Executive Jimmy Johnson, that notification from the TN department of Health was received that a resident of Fentress County has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and has been quarantined and is recovering at home.
To repeat Mr. Johnsons words this was NOT unexpected, and local officials have been preparing for and expecting this for a while. We have been working closely with Fentress County Officials, TDH, and EMA to ensure the Citizens of Jamestown and Fentress County are protected.
As stated, the worst thing we can do during these times is to panic. Remember that most patients who contract the virus have a mild course of illness and recover quickly.
IF YOU ARE ILL AND HAVE RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CALL YOUR DOCTOR FIRST. DO NOT GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM OR ANY DOCTOR’S OFFICE WITHOUT CALLING FIRST. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE OUR HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY IS NOT OVERWHELMED.
We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation and will update the Citizens of Jamestown appropriately.
As you have heard from Governor Lee, he is asking Tennesseans to stay at home if all possible as mayor of Jamestown, I am urging all citizens of Jamestown to stay at home if all possible.
An executive order was signed by Governor Lee, to close all non-essential business. The city of Jamestown will be asking all non-essential business to close according to the executive order 22 effective and enforceable 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time on march 31st and shall remain in effect until 11:59 pm Central Daylight Time, on April 14, 2020.
The city of Jamestown is taking all steps possible to protect our citizens, employees and staff while still providing the citizens of Jamestown with city services. We are working with a skeleton crew shift that will help protect employees while still providing you with essentials needs (water and sewer, gas).
To help protect the city of Jamestown customers and citizens we encourage you to use our online services when possible and /or to call.
LET’S ALL KEEP PRAYING FOR OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE and OUR NATION