County Mayor Steve Jones would like to let everyone know that one of the employees in his office and one of the employees in the Trustee’s office have tested positive for COVID-19 and wlll require all other office staff members in the Mayor and Trustee’s office to quarantine.
Mayor Jones stated that he had COVID-19 in October and did not have to quarantine at this time. Mayor Jones said he will be in the office Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. The Mayor and Trustee’s office staff will return on Monday, December 21st. “This is a prime example of how COVID-19 can affect an office when you have a positive test in your work environment,” noted Mayor Jones.
Mayor Jones has not mandated masks in Macon County. The mayor said that he has met with our local law enforcement officials, and they feel there is not a law that will allow them to enforce a mask mandate at this time. Most of the Upper Cumberland mayors are in general consensus and feel that citizens would rather wear a mask voluntarily. Mayor Jones stated that he had discussed with Governor Lee the problem of not having a way to enforce mask mandates. The mayor does agree with Governor Lee that citizens should be encouraged to wear a mask. Mayor Jones says that he feels Macon Countians would be more responsive to a request than a mandate.
Mayor Jones encourages the citizens and visitors in Macon County to wear a mask and social distance. “I appreciate the people who are trying to wear masks and practice social distancing,” said Mayor Jones. “Our primary way of fighting this virus is to practice good hygiene, washing your hands, wearing masks and social distancing. Until the vaccine is proven effective this is the only way we have to fight against this virus. COVID-19 is very contagious, and everyone should be careful to limit their exposure to the virus. Macon County has lost several citizens to COVID-19 as well as the many citizens that have been very sick with hospitalization. We also have people who have been on ventilators for weeks. We hope and pray that they get better soon.”
“As Mayor, I would like to encourage all citizens to use good hygiene, wear masks and social distance as much as possible during this holiday season. May everyone have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”