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MOUNT VERNON -- Knox County Commissioners have released the following statement:

In light of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Knox County Commissioners primary goal is the health and well-being of county residents and staff, as well as the continuity of operations and service delivery to the community during this unique time.

We acknowledge the seriousness of this situation and will continue to monitor in consultation with the Knox County Health Department (Knox Public Health) and Knox County Emergency Management.

Although it is important to remember that residents rely on the county, we will make every effort to continue to function as usual, providing essential public services and issue the following information and recommendations:

--All emergency operations are fully functioning including the Knox County 911 system and services and will remain fully functioning. If you have an emergency please dial 911.

--Each office is asked to update their Continuity of Operation Plan including identifying essential functions as well as essential personnel.

--We are encouraging every department as well as the public to limit person-to-person contact and utilize remote/alternate workstations when applicable.

--Practice social distancing (6' distance) to prevent or slow the spread of a virus.

--Limit all employee travel to in-state mission-critical travel. All unnecessary travel should be cancelled or postponed during a pandemic.

--Non-essential meetings, gatherings, conferences and trainings are suspended unless a waiver is granted. Limited waivers will be granted for travel deemed essential/emergency.

--Our maintenance and janitorial staff is taking every precaution possible to maintain a safe and clean environment. We are following the Knox County Health Departments recommendations and will continue to do so. Please understand that we have a limited staff, therefore anything the employees can do to assist with keeping areas sanitized within their respective offices would be appreciated.

--Each Appointing Authority will be addressing their specific essential functions with further updates. 

--All employees are to report for work at their regularly scheduled time unless otherwise advised by their appointing authority.

The Commissioners primary concern is safety for the public and employees, and we will continue to keep in close contact with health officials to monitor the situation as well as reviewing the best practices for this unique situation. It is important to remain calm and kind as we navigate these unfamiliar waters to best serve our citizens.

Your cooperation is imperative. Thank you so much.

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