PLANNING AND PRECAUTIONS
In order to help
slow the progression of exposures and illness regarding the COVID-19 virus, the City of Norris is taking some of the measures
listed below to protect the Public and City Staff.
Strategy: (Protection of the High-Risk Population)
The majority of the population will be exposed at some time. As a new virus, the world population has no natural
immunity. Prevention measures keep the number of people requiring definitive hospital care below the threshold of maximum
hospital capability by delaying exposure rate and extending the duration of the initial illness period. A reserve of
hospital services must be maintained for those other medical emergencies (non-COVID-19) that will compete for beds and life
support equipment. This exposure delay also allows more time for vaccine and treatment options to be developed for those
in the high-risk population.
- COVID-19 symptoms may not be present, or may be minor, or may be similar to other
respiratory illnesses. Asymptomatic hosts are free to move about in public.
Confirmed cases are initially underreported due to current limitations on testing.
Surface (out of host) survivability conditions and durations for the COVID-19 virus
have not been determined (hours-days-weeks?)
the time we confirm exposure/illnesses in the immediate area, multiple exposures have likely happened and are still in the
Loss of city staff due to
COVID-19 illness, even with minor symptoms, will last for two or more weeks and affect essential city functions.
The 64 and older population in Norris includes 28% of the residents. Statistically
serious results for this portion of the population is not acceptable. Mitigative action must be taken to limit this
result as low as reasonably achievable.
licensed facilities (schools, nursing home, drug rehab, and assisted living facilities) will follow state guidelines.
Maintaining Social Distance for the Public and City Staff for non-essential functions.
- Social Distance is defined as short term (<5 minutes) > 6’ and long
term (>6 minutes) eliminate contact in shared ventilation spaces and where droplet deposition could occur on commonly touched
meetings or use of city facilities have been suspended beginning Friday 13 March 2020 (except open air parks and green/commons
- Essential public interface with city staff
to pay bills, apply for permits, etc., will be managed remotely when possible and provide alternatives on a case-by-case basis.
Access into the city office will only be allowed as directed by office staff.
- Bill Pay Drop Boxes are available outside the City Office and Police Department
- Pay On Line is available for water bills at cityofnorris.com
- City Facility Status City Office Hours (Mon-Fri 8:00 to 4:30) City office Phone 865.494.7645
City Office – Operational with Restricted Access
Police/Fire – Operational with Restricted Access
Public Works/Animal Shelter – Operational with Restricted
Water/Sewer – Operational with Restricted Access (virus is not transmitted in drinking water)
and Commons Areas – Open with Social Distancing Rules in Place (play structures are not disinfected)
and Recreation Room – Closed Indefinitely
Lions Club Pavilion – Restrooms Closed Indefinitely (tables are
City Web Site has a new page for COVID-19 information
City Forms will be added to the City Web Site for public access and printing (once
printed and completed contact the city office at 865.494.7645 for processing actions.
Updates as information becomes available
Recommended Public Practices
Increased use of disinfecting wipes, diaper wipes, paper towels, etc., should go
into the garbage not the toilet (Thus preventing increased sewer blockages and worker exposures)
Garbage should be bagged for pickup (limit
garbage collection staff exposures)
Don’t hoard supplies!!! Purchase only what you need.
Limit public interactions, especially non-essential
visits to high risk populations
Welfare checks on high risk population, especially those living alone (call or text
visit only when necessary)
Provide support to high risk population (grocery pickup, mail, bill pays, etc..)
Only use paper face masks when you are the infectious host to
limit airborne droplet distribution
4. City Staff Reduction Planning
Succession plan for essential functions
Work from home options
if essential function is temporarily affected
Mutual Aid Options are in place for Fire, Police, and Water/Sewer
Essential City Functions That Will Continue Unimpaired
Fire – Public Protection (Fire/Rescue/EMS)
Police – Public Protection (Traffic
Accidents/Violent Acts/Aggravated Offenses/Welfare Checks) - Non-critical reporting and investigations will initially be handled
over the phone.
Works (Facility Cleaning/Facility Garbage Collection/Health and Safety Repair Items/Keep Roadways Open)
City Office (Payroll/Billing/Bills Payable/Revenue
Garbage Collection (Vendor Supplied)
Water – Purification and Distribution (Potable Water/Fire Protection)
Sewer – Collection and Treatment
Web Based Information (available on cityofnorris.com)
Links to Informational Websites Regarding the COVID 19 Virus
Governor Lee Executive Orders for COVID-19:
TN Health Department Page: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html
US Center For
Disease Control Page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Organization Page: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
Hopkins Page: https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/index.html
Public Information Line: 1.877.587.2945
Department of Health: 1.615.741.7247
Health COVID-19 Hotline: 1.888.312.0847