Enough hospital beds in Knox for now: Jacobs

With enough hospital beds available in Knox County, at least as projected in the coming days, changes in COVID-19 alternative care site planning will not be have to be implemented, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced this afternoon.

“From the beginning of this pandemic, I have expressed my concerns that we need to have a measured approach,” Jacobs said. “TEMA advised us yesterday that the alternative care site for Knox County is not needed at this time due to current models showing Knox County would not likely require additional bed space.

“I remain committed to protecting the health of our community and will continue to work with the state to have a contingency plan in place should it be needed,” he added.

As for dollars and cents, “I am also committed to ensuring the health of our local economy,” Jacobs said.” Small businesses have always been the backbone of our community and they will now serve as the engine propelling our economic recovery. It will be more important than ever for us to work together, support one another and move forward as a community.”