Knox County Mayor Won’t Impose New COVID Restrictions or Mask Mandates as Delta Variant Spreads

Glenn Jacobs


Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs won’t impose any new restrictions or mask mandates, even with the rise of the Delta variant and regular cases.

The mayor made this declaration in response to National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAIH) Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper. Fauci revealed that he and other public health officials were considering renewed guidance recommending masks for fully-vaccinated individuals.

“As we once again hear talk about lockdowns and mandates across the country, I feel it is important I make it clear that under no circumstances will I issue any new COVID restrictions,” stated Jacobs. “Vaccines are now readily available across the country for those who want them, and our economy cannot sustain another devastating lockdown. I have faith in the people of this county to make the decisions that benefit their families best.”

Jacobs made his stance clear in an interview with reporters on Monday evening.

On Tuesday, Jacobs explained further that he prioritized individual rights over a public good.

“Individual freedoms are important to me. That’s why I stood strong against the lockdowns and will continue to fight to protect your rights,” tweeted Jacobs.

On Tuesday, the CDC updated its guidance in the near future to recommend masks for all individuals in areas with substantial or high transmission rates – regardless of vaccination status. The CDC included the link to their nationwide case tracker to relay which areas have substantial or high transmission rates.

“#DeltaVariant surging in U.S. New data show Delta much more contagious than previous versions of #COVID19,” stated the CDC. “Unvaccinated people: get vaccinated and mask until you do. Everyone in areas of substantial/high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated.”

According to the latest data released last week from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), there are 563 cases of the Delta variant in the state. Approximately 97 percent of total estimated COVID-19 cases have recovered.

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Corinne Murdock is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and the Star News Network. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Glenn Jacobs” by Glenn Jacobs.







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11 Thoughts to “Knox County Mayor Won’t Impose New COVID Restrictions or Mask Mandates as Delta Variant Spreads”

  1. Kitty Lenoir

    That’s my mayor – good for you and thank you!

  2. William R. Delzell

    If Knox County sees a spike in Covid, we’ll know who to blame.

    1. 83ragtop50

      Yes. China is to blame.

    2. MtnMama

      I’m curious why people are still bothering to even get tested! Doctors aren’t allowed to prescribe any medicines anyway, so why bother going to get the q-tip shoved up your nose??

  3. Mike

    I am in agreement with the mayor. The medical system can handle this virus.

    1. MtnMama

      Agreed! We have medicines and the virus affects less than 1% of the population. This emergency is not an emergency, it’s an attempt to remove Americans from their Freedom.

  4. You know Mayor McCheese is already plotting to see which bars he can close down first, in Nashville. This time, folks need to stand their ground. There are more of us than them.

  5. LM

    Take note Bill Lee.

  6. Horatio Bunce

    The longer the TDH lies about breakthrough cases (a.k.a. vaccine failures), by only counting them if hospitalized or dead, the higher the infection fatality rate for the vaccinated becomes. Already shows a greater chance of death from infection after being vaccinated than if not vaccinated – or if partially vaccinated as the TDH counts them in with “unvaccinated” now. Not the same thing.

  7. Noxville

    “The primary responsibility of the federal government is not to keep us safe; it is to protect and guarantee our liberty and our individual rights as guaranteed by (not given by) our Constitution. This principle is clearly described in the Federalist Papers, and is every bit as relevant today as when those essays were drafted 233 years ago, regardless of the context in which it is applied.” – Former GA representative Bob Barr, “BARR: Republicans Must Stop Declaring That ‘The Most Important Responsibility Of Government Is To Keep Us Safe’”, The Daily Caller, 7/26/2021

    Thank you, Mayor Jacobs, for standing for this critical principle of freedom.

  8. Truthy McTruthFace

    mayor kane talking sense again. i wonder if he’d consider running for governor.