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Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)

Original Author: Adams-O'Brien, Frances
Date of Material: 03/04/2020

Emergency services
Emergency medical services

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources for Local Government in Tennessee

Reviewed Date: 05/14/2021
A list of resources for local governments in Tennessee related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This list will be updated regularly as resources become available. Note: Due to the variety and volume of information on this page, new resources that are more recently added to this page are indicated with RED type.

Latest Information

  • Executive Order No. 80: An Order Amending Executive Order No. 77 (April 27, 2021) | Read

MTAS Resources

MTAS materials here are listed in the order in which they were posted to this page.

Sales and Production of Fraudulent PPE
From Dennis Wolf, MTAS Fire Management Consultant: 7/20/2020

Sales and production of fraudulent PPE – especially N95 and KN95 masks – have increased since December 2019 as people took advantage of the pandemic to make some money.  Many agencies and departments are having problems getting PPE and have to source from unknown sellers. It’s important to be able to identify fraudulent, counterfeit or unapproved products in order to ensure the safety of your personnel.

  • COVID-19 Resources for Law Enforcement and Jails (4/23/2020) | Read
  • Use of Hydrogen Peroxide for Coronavirus Disinfection (MTAS) (4/22/2020) | Read
  • IPS Town Hall Webinar Recording: COVID-19's Effect on Tennessee's Businesses and Communities (posted 4/15/2020) | View
  • How to Avoid "Zoombombing" for Tennessee Municipal and County Governments (4/7/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Guidance on the Limited Reuse of N95 Respirators (4/2/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Memo on COVID-19 and the Ryan White Act (3/31/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Guidance on Non-Compliance with Governor Lee's Executive Orders Nos. 17, 21 and 22 (3/30/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Q & A on N95 Respirators and Respiratory Protection (3/30/2020) | Read
  • Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 (3/25/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Summary of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (3/24/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Legal Guidance on Executive Order 16 Council/Board Meetings During COVID-19 Emergency (3/23/2020) | Read
  • MTAS Template COVID-19 Response Policy for Fire or First Responders | Read
  • COVID-19 and Municipal Governments: A Q & A Hot Topic for Tennessee Municipalities (MTAS) | Read
  • Tennessee Municipal Public Health Emergency Closures (MTAS Legal Hot Topic) | Read
  • Handling Employee (fire, EMT, paramedic, police officer) Exposure to CVOID-19. Dennis Wolf. 3/22/2020 (updated 4/15/2020) | Read
  • Use of PPE and Its Effectiveness. Dennis Wolf. 3/22/2020 | Read

Local Municipal Resources

Sample polices and procedures from around Tennessee (for fire or EMS organizations).

  • Gilt Edge (TN) Fire Department shared their COVID-19 Emregency Call Response Plan guidelines | Read
  • Jackson (TN) Fire Department COVID-19 Response Policy | Read
  • Shelby County (TN) Fire Department shared their EMS Operations (Inffectious Disease) | Read
  • Bartlett Fire Department Video: The Bartlett Fire Department has prepared a short video to provide information on COVID-19/coronavirus to the public. | View
Other Resources Gathered by MTAS

A new fact sheet from the Technical Research, Assistance Center, Information Exchange (TRACIE) provides a quick reference to help you protect your staff with safe, approved PPE and instructions on how to report sellers of counterfeit products.
Respirators for Healthcare during COVID-19: Authorized Use and Avoiding Fraudulent Products recommends the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Certified Equipment List and the Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization list.  These lists give you information on what types of masks or respirators are to be used under what circumstances, use of imported products and indicators of counterfeit products and vendors.
Review this guidance and consider keeping it on-hand as a reference to help ensure the safety of people in your department.

(Source: ASPR TRACIE. U.S. Dept. Health and Human Services. Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Information Gateway)

MTAS Partner Resources

Public Entity Partners

Tennessee Municipal League

State of Tennessee Resources

Office of the Governor

Governor Lee's Daily Live Media Briefings | Join here
Tennessee Pledge: Click here for Main website
  • Recreation (Non-Contact, Small Group) | Read
  • Access Guidelines for Office Buildings | Read
  • Reopening Tennessee Responsibly (4/24/2020) | Read
Letter to Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, District Attorneys General Regarding Executive Orders Nos. 22, 23, and 27 re: Staying at Home Unless Engaging in Essential Activities or Services - 4/14/2020 | Read

Executive Orders and Related Materials (All Executive Orders)
  • Executive Order No. 80: An Order Amending Exectuive Order No. 77 (April 27, 2021) | Read
  • Executive Order No. 79: Order Permitting Remote Notarization and Witnessing of Documents By Extending Executive Order No. 72, As Amended  (2/26/2021) | Read
  • Executive Order No. 78: Order Extending Remote Meetings and Implementing Best Practices Across the State to Promote Transparent Government by Extending Executive Order No. 71, as Amended until 11:59 p.m. CDT on April 28, 2021. (2/26/2021)  | Read
  • Executive Order No. 77: Order to Facilitate the Continued Response to COVID-19 by Extending Executive Order No. 73, as Amended  (2/26/201) | Read
Tennessee Elected Official Toolkit "Safer at Home" | Read

Office of the Comptroller
Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Sales Tax Loss Forecasting During COVID-19 Resources and Tools (5/8/2020) | Read

Department of Environment and Conservation 
  • CVOID-19 Technical Bulletin: What Public Parks and Recreation Facilities Need to Do to "Flatten the Curve" | Read
  • Recommendations for Drinking Water and Wastewater Systems Relative to Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Read
  • Staying Connected During Quarantine: Temporary Free Internet Access and More (State of Tennessee Economic and Community Development)

Department of Finance and Administration

Department of Health

  • Coronavirus Resource Page: Healthcare providers are asked to call 615-741-7247 if COVID-19 is suspected in a patient.
  • Financial Aid Available for Certain Families That Lost Employment Due to COVID-19 | Read

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
COVID-19 Federal Assistance Guidance (4/17/21020) | Read

Federal Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Code of Federal Regulations.
Labor. Part 826. Paid Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Eff. until 12-31-20)

US Environmental Protection Agency
US Department of Health and Human Services  
US Department of Homeland Security
US Department of Labor. Wage and Hour Division.
US Fire Administration. FEMA (4/13/2020)
US Office of Personnel Management

US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Other Resources

Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center. International Map of Cases. Total cases, total recovered, total deaths:

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Clinical Alert.

American Public Works Association. Coronavirus Resource Page.

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Resource Page

International Personnel Management Association-HR Coronavirus Resources

National Governors Association. “Coronavirus and what you need to know”

National Institutes of Health. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Water Environment Foundation. World Health Organization

Main Document(s):
file COVID-19 Response_0.pdf
file SCFD_COVID-19_response_0.pdf
file TDEC Recommendations for Drinking Water and Wastewater Operators COVID19.pdf
file MTAS response update 3_20_20.pdf
file MTAS fire_first responder COVID-19 response policy template.docx
file Jackson TN Fire Dept COVID-19 Infection Disease Repsonse Guideline.pdf
file Off of Gov executive_order_no._16-_covid-19.pdf
file Executive Order 17.pdf
file Executive Order 17 Release.pdf
file COVID-19 quarantine recomendations Sratoga EMS.pdf
file Comptroller_COVID-19_Exec Order 16_Guidance_Revised.pdf
file Executive Order 16 and Revised Guidance from the Comptroller_MTAS.pdf
file eo_number_18_0.pdf
file COVID generic fire station recommendation 320_0_rev.docx
file executive_order_no._22_-_covid-19.pdf
file executive_order_no._21_-_covid-19.pdf
file covid-19_letter_to_municipality_and_county_mayors.pdf
file EPA Letter to Governors.pdf
file EPA COVID implications enforcement and compliance assurance program.pdf
file COVID update_Ryan White Act_03312020.pdf
file TDEC_Covid_19_Technical_Bulletin_April_2020.pdf
file TN Elected Officials Safer at Home Toolkit.pdf
file exec_23_release.pdf
file exec-orders-lee23.pdf
file tml_covid-19_city_situation_reporting_1.pdf
file tml_covid-19_city_situation_reporting_2.pdf
file 2020-04-06_Zoom_zoombombing prevention local governments.pdf
file 21Cities Final.pdf
file Governor%27s Local Support Grants Overview.pdf
file exec-orders-lee27.pdf
file 041420-EO22-23-27.pdf
file SaratogaNY_C19_Quarantine_Recommendations_ rev04062020.pdf
file tml_covid-19_city_situation_reporting_survey_3.pdf
file Additional Budgeting Resources Memo April.2020.pdf
file Executive Order No 28 - Amending Executive Order No 15.pdf
file exec-orders-lee29.pdf
file pledge_general.pdf
file TML _clarification on Provision 5 in Governor Lee_0.pdf
file Job Vunerability Tool Webinar.pdf
file exec-orders-lee30.pdf
file tml_municipal_government_readiness_survey.pdf
file tml_covid-19_local_orders_city_closures_and_services_survey.pdf
file LCG - Risk Mgmt and Coronavirus - Practical Steps for Slow Open.pdf
file ECD_RetailStrategiesWebinarResources_05082020.pdf
file Clarification on recreational facilities_GovLee_TML.pdf
file TML economic_summary_9_-_06_12_2020.pdf
file TML economic_summary_8_-_06_05_2020.pdf
file TML economic_summary_7_-_05_29_2020.pdf
file TML economic_summary_-_05_22_2020.pdf
file exec-orders-lee50.pdf
file exec-orders-lee51.pdf
file MTAS on EO no 60 08312020.pdf