Knox County Health Department

Knox County’s Safer at Home Order

For more information on Knox County’s Safer at Home Order and a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

Knox County COVID-19 Case Count

Knox County numbers are updated daily at 11 a.m. EDT. State numbers are updated at 2 p.m. CDT daily; there may be a lag in reporting of cumulative numbers at the state level.


Number of Positive Cases 119
Number of *Recovered Cases

(This number is included in the number of positive cases)

Number of Active Cases

(The number of positive cases, excluding the number of recovered cases.)

**Hospitalizations 16
Deaths 1
***Number of Tests (positive and negative results in NBS) 1409


Male 63
Female 55
Sex Unknown 1


**Information about hospitalization status is gathered at the time of diagnosis, therefore this information may be incomplete. This number indicates the number of patients that were ever hospitalized during their illness, it does not indicate the number of patients currently hospitalized.

***The National Electronic Disease Surveillance System Base System (NBS) is a CDC-developed information system that helps public health departments manage reportable disease data and send data to CDC. The testing data referenced above is only comprised of Knox County residents and includes:

  • The number of people KCHD has collected specimens on, based on the consideration of being high-risk;
  • The number of people hospitals and health care providers have tested through the TDH State Lab, based on the consideration of being high-risk;
  • The number of people health care providers have tested through private labs that report through NBS.

Visit the TDH webpage for statewide updates.

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Helpful facts

  • There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a new coronavirus that hasn’t previously been seen in humans.
  • There is still more influenza and other respiratory illness circulating in our community than COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 is spread from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet):
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs by people in close contact.
  • For the vast majority, symptoms of COVID-19 are mild. Fever and respiratory symptoms, such as coughing and shortness of breath, are some of the common symptoms. Other typical cold symptoms such as a runny nose and a sore throat are generally not associated with COVID-19.
  • Those who are not sick do not need to be seen by a medical provider or tested.
  • If you are sick, click here.

Knox County Health Department

As a public health agency, Knox County Health Department works to promote and protect the health of everyone in our community. They track and monitor diseases, conduct extensive health education and outreach, provide and connect people with care, enforce food safety and air quality laws and regulations, prepare for public health emergencies, and more — all with the goal to ensure the conditions in which every Knox County resident can be healthy.

Contact Knox County Health Department at 865-215-5300 or


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