City Manager issues a Safer at Home Directive

Published 3:36 pm Monday, March 30, 2020

After consultation with the Elizabethton City Council and leaders across the region, Elizabethton City Manager Daniel Estes issues a Safer at Home Directive for the City of Elizabethton, for fifteen days beginning April 1st. This decision is based upon the continuing spread of COVID-19 in the Northeast Tennessee region and what appears to be the first instance community spread within Carter County.
The sacrifices we make today purchase something very valuable: time. There is an effort across the nation to rapidly produce items vital to our fight against COVID-19, like test kits, ventilators, personal protective equipment, and hand sanitizer. Also, there are promising developments in the medical field, such as the study of a combination of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin as a treatment for those infected by this virus. What our community, our region, and our nation need now is time; time for the power of this nation’s manufacturing might and the collective work of the best medical and scientific minds in the world to help us beat this disease. So, for now, what most of us must do is wait. And when we stay at home, practice social distancing, and keep our hands clean we slow the spread of COVID-
19. And slowing the spread buys us what we need – time.
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