COVID-19 UPDATES

Welcome to our COVID-19 information center. See below for information and press releases from the City of Gatlinburg as it relates to the pandemic.

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Gatlinburg continues to monitor COVID-19
Posted: March 13, 2020 - 5:30 p.m
Modified: June 10, 2021

The City of Gatlinburg continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus, commonly called the Coronavirus. As of June 10, 2021, there have been 13,549 confirmed and probable cases, 71,392 negative tests and 84,069 total tests administered in Sevier County, with 13,353 inactive and recovered cases, 291 total hospitalizations since the outbreak began and 176 deaths, per the Tennessee Department of Health.  There are 20 active cases in Sevier County. 

On Thursday, September 3, the Department of Health changed its reporting of active cases. As of September 3rd, the State will no longer report "Recovered" cases. Instead, the Department will now report the number of "Inactive/Recovered" cases. "Inactive/Recovered cases" will include cases who are 14 days or more beyond their illness onset date and who are not deceased. 

As of Friday, June 12, the Department of Health is releasing more information, including probable cases. A probable case is an individual who may have tested negative or may not have been tested at all, but has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and may have other risk factors. As of June 10, 2021 there have been a total of 2,071 total probable cases in Sevier County, which is included in the total cases for the county.

Click here for more information on how Tennessee determines how COVID-19 cases are counted.

As of June 10, 2021, 65,300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been issued in Sevier County and 36.54% of the county's population has received as least one dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 31.59% of the county's population has received two doses of any manufacturer or one Johnson and Johnson dose. 

Sevier County’s team of local health experts, government leaders and emergency personnel continue to work together to share information and to be prepared to work together. We have distributed information to our City employees to help educate and keep them safe, as well as to keep our citizens and visitors safe. Our Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has distributed information to our business community to help educate our workforce and keep our City, our citizens and our visitors safe.

The City encourages all of its residents and visitors to follow CDC guidelines to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Those guidelines are:
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with tissues and throw them in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces with a disinfectant.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.
More information on the virus is available at http://www.coronavirus.gov or http://www.TN.gov/health.

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Sevier County face covering requirement expires on April 15 at midnight
Posted: April 14, 2021 - 2:16 p.m.
Sevier County Executive Order 65, which extended the face-covering mandate, will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 15, and not be renewed.

“Based on our decreasing positivity rate and the increase in vaccine availability, I feel it is an appropriate time to allow the executive order to expire,” said Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters. “However, people do have to make responsible decisions to keep themselves and others as safe as possible. I encourage everyone to continue wearing face coverings when social distancing is not possible.”

Businesses can still have regulations regarding face coverings. The Tennessee Supreme Court’s order to wear face coverings in certain government buildings will continue to apply, including public areas in the Sevier County Courthouse. Public areas of Sevier County government buildings, including the Sheriff’s office, libraries, and public works, will continue to have a face-covering requirement.

“While the mandate appears to have had a positive impact on COVID-19 in Sevier County, I said from the beginning this was a temporary order,” Waters said. “We urge our citizens and visitors to follow the Tennessee Pledge and CDC guidelines to keep our COVID-19 numbers low.”

“I appreciate the business community, our employees, citizens, and visitors for following the mandate. There are no further restrictions or closures on our local businesses from the state, and Sevier County continues to see excellent tourism numbers.”

The intent of the original mandate, Sevier County Executive Order 23, was to increase the wearing of face coverings to protect the health of residents, visitors, and employees and to ensure the state did not take further measures to disrupt local businesses and the economy.

For more information about health and safety protocols for businesses and individuals, check the Tennessee Pledge guidelines posted on www.tn.gov.
 
The latest information on COVID-19 and Sevier County Vaccine Locator can be found at seviercountycovidhelp.com.

Sevier County Health Department expands vaccine eligibility and offers extended hours to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination
Posted July 17, 2020 - 2:02 p.m.
Updated May, 18, 2021 - 11:15 a.m.

The Sevier County Health Department continues to offer vaccines at its facility, located at 719 Middle Creek Road in Sevierville. More information is available at www.SevierCountyCovidHelp.com

Beginning on Monday, May 10, the Health Department will offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals will be able to receive the vaccine from 9 a.m. until noon on Mondays, 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. on Tuesday, 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

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