Roane County waiting for Guidance from Regional Health Director before deciding on a mandate

The following was an update published by County Executive, Ron Woody. This was published at 3:00 pm on Monday, July 6, 2020.

This update is in regarding to the Governor’s Press Release of Friday afternoon which mentions Executive Order 54. Executive Order 54 alluded to the County Mayors being granted authority to invoke a mandate of wearing a face covering/mask. Roane County has not invoked the mandate.

Two important issues have not been addressed:

  1. Executive Order 54 has not officially been published as of 3:00 today. (the County Executives office did receive the official Executive Order around 4 pm on Monday). Official publication is when we have an official copy. The Secretary of State’s website publishes the official copy.
  2. We look for guidance from our Regional Health Director recommending the mandate. The Department of Health has made no recommendation.

These first two issues must be resolved before a mandate would be considered. Other issues would be considered before a mandate would be invoked.

We stress we highly recommend that one follows CDC guidelines:

• Wash your hands frequently,
• Wear face covering/mask,
• Social Distance,
• Seek physician advice when sick, and
• Self-isolate when sick.

We will continue to work on understanding the potential Executive Order 54.

Today, two conference calls were held with Regional Mayors. A meeting was held with Sheriff Stockton and EMS/EMA Director, Tim Suter. Communication took place with several local City Managers and Mayors. Meetings are scheduled for tomorrow and Wednesday with local City Officials and Regional Mayors so please stay tuned for more updates.

Wear a mask to protect others.

Our July 6th COVID numbers are 62 positive, 38 recovered, 24 active, and there have been no deaths. We have tested 5,888 people. One (1) percent of those tested have been positive.

God bless Roane County, our State, and our Nation.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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