***Update -7.14.22 – TVA Public Information Officer Jim Hopson told the Tennessee Conservative – “As a federal agency, TVA follows federal guidance based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC). In the CDC’s most recent weekly data of individual county COVID transmission levels, Hamilton County, Tenn., was increased to “high”. Based on our guidance, we reimplemented a requirement for all personnel, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask while inside TVA facilities in that county. This is consistent with our policy for any county listed as “high” in the CDC data.
The mask requirement does not apply to TVA facilities in counties listed at the “low” or “medium” CDC levels, however we respect the right of team members to wear masks at their discretion in those locations.”
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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are once again requiring masks for employees.
According to TVA officials, the mask requirement applies to employees regardless of vaccination status.
The decision to reimplement the mask mandate follows the Hamilton County Health Department reporting that the county is in the red for COVID transmission as they continue to push the vaccine.
Hamilton County Health Department Community Outreach Program Manager Renee Craig told Local 3 News, “We have had some first doses which we have not seen in a while, but I think with the surge in cases some people that haven’t been vaccinated in the past are making that decision to jump in that first dose.”
TVA Public Information Officer Jim Hopson said that one of the reasons they decided to return to masking was due to concerns about the possibility of power interruptions during high summer temperatures if a significant number of employees were out sick.
TVA has stated that they will monitor the CDC data weekly and make changes as they see necessary.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com