“Under no circumstances will I issue any new COVID restrictions,” Mayor Glenn Jacobs tweets

As COVID-19 cases increase, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs doubles down on no new COVID-19 mandates.
Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 5:46 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - In response to a tweet referencing an interview Dr. Anthony Fauci had on CNN, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs said he will not be reinstating mask mandates or COVID-19 restrictions.

“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,” Jacobs tweeted.

“Vaccines are now readily available across the county 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,” he continued in the thread.

East Tennessee is seeing an increase in cases and a lack of ICU beds. Knox County recently saw a large spike in active cases, doubling in a week, according to the state’s website. Tennessee’s ICU beds are also nearly at full capacity as well, state health officials say.

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