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Knoxville Recovers alliance issues video encouraging health and safety this Thanksgiving

November 19, 2020

Knoxville Recovers has released a short video asking East Tennesseans to adopt and promote health and safety precautions this Thanksgiving to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The video serves as a public service announcement (PSA) and has been shared on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The video also can be viewed and shared from YouTube: https://youtu.be/orOYcbZSDEQ.

Knoxville Recovers is an 11-member group of local leaders committed to helping the community recover both health-wise and economically from COVID-19. Representatives of the alliance featured in the video include Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, State Sen. Dr. Richard Briggs and University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman.

The PSA messages are simple, easy to follow and align with COVID-19 safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth to protect yourself and others.
  • Limit celebrations to small gatherings.
  • If you feel sick, stay home from work and Thanksgiving festivities.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away – about 2 arm lengths as demonstrated in the video by Jacobs – from other people.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer regularly.

“This holiday, let’s not only give thanks for good health – let’s help protect and promote it for all of Knoxville,” Kincannon says in the video. “Follow these simple precautions to enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.”

The alliance also advises that it’s not too late to get a flu shot, and everyone should receive the vaccine to help protect yourself, loved ones and the community from illness and potential added complications from a COVID-19 infection while suffering or recovering from the flu.

In addition to Kincannon, Jacobs, Plowman and Briggs, Knoxville Recovers also includes Randy Boyd, University of Tennessee System president; Bill Haslam, former Tennessee governor and Knoxville mayor; Dr. Keith Gray, University of Tennessee Medical Center’s chief medical officer; Karmen Jones, UT-Knoxville’s Student Government Association president; Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League; Renee Kelly, Knox County Schools chief of staff; and Mike Odom, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber.

The PSA was produced by Moxley Carmichael with videography services by Cameron Johnson.

About Knoxville Recovers
Formed in September 2020, Knoxville Recovers is an alliance of community leaders that seeks to help Knoxville fully recover from the effects of COVID-19 across all sectors. Alliance members are Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon; Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs; University of Tennessee-Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman; Dr. Richard Briggs, a physician and state senator; Randy Boyd, University of Tennessee System president; Bill Haslam, former Tennessee governor and Knoxville mayor; Dr. Keith Gray, University of Tennessee Medical Center’s chief medical officer; Karmen Jones, UT-Knoxville’s Student Government Association president; Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League; Renee Kelly, Knox County Schools chief of staff; and Mike Odom, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber.