MOORE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — While hospitals and clinics are working hard to get those in need tested for COVID-19, there are still some counties in Tennessee without any confirmed cases.
Eight of Tennessee’s 95 counties continue to report zero cases of COVID-19, including Moore County, which is a popular tourist destination as the home of the Jack Daniel’s distillery.
The county’s mayor, Bonnie Lewis told News 2 she is proud of her residents for following social distancing guidelines and Governor Bill Lee’s stay-at-home order.
The sheriff said he and his staff take the situation very seriously and will enforce the order when necessary. Although Lynchburg is next to the one of smallest counties in the state, the town sees about 300,000 tourists annually because of the distillery. An estimated 20% percent of visitors are international. The decision to close the distillery early in the pandemic helped protect the community.
“Jack Daniel’s made a decision very early on that they would close all of their marketing, they have closed their tours at the visitor’s center, along with Miss Mary Bobo’s, you know the world loves to come eat there, as well as the hardware store. With that, that just pretty well put the brakes on Lynchburg,” explained Mayor Lewis.
But there is always a “what if?” Together, county leaders have emergency plans in place.
We have all of our emergency plans in place for all of the ‘what-ifs.’ We have to think of everything that could be a possibility right now and we are prepared for that. It’s not anything you want to scare your citizens but we’re prepared for whatever we might have to do, and that’s a good feeling, just knowing we’re ready, if we need to do what we need to do we are ready to do it,” said Mayor Lewis.
Mayor Lewis said all of the county’s departments stay in constant contact with one another.
Moore County established a special hotline for anyone who needs help, especially the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. Call 931-307-6508 for more information.
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(This reflects what the TDH is reporting each day at 2 p.m. CST for every county other than Davidson. Information for Davidson comes from the Metro Public Health Department.)