Gatlinburg continues to monitor COVID-19 virus

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The City of Gatlinburg continues to monitor the COVID-19 virus, commonly called the Coronavirus. As of January 5, 2021, there have been 9,366 confirmed and probable cases, 52,001 negative tests and 61,524 total tests administered in Sevier County, with 8,190 inactive and recovered cases, 178 total hospitalizations since the outbreak began and 76 deaths, per the Tennessee Department of Health.   There are 1,100 active cases in Sevier County. The Tennessee Department of Health updates its case list at 3 p.m. EDT daily.

On Thursday, September 3, the Department of Health changed its reporting of active cases. As of September 3rd, the State will no longer report "Recovered" cases. Instead, the Department will now report the number of "Inactive/Recovered" cases. "Inactive/Recovered cases" will include cases who are 14 days or more beyond their illness onset date and who are not deceased. 

As of Friday, June 12, the Department of Health is releasing more information, including probable cases. A probable case is an individual who may have tested negative or may not have been tested at all, but has symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and may have other risk factors. As of January 5, 2021 there have been a total of 757 total probable cases in Sevier County, which is included in the total cases for the county.

Click here for more information on how Tennessee determines how COVID-19 cases are counted.

Sevier County’s team of local health experts, government leaders and emergency personnel continue to work together to share information and to be prepared to work together. We have distributed information to our City employees to help educate and keep them safe, as well as to keep our citizens and visitors safe. Our Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has distributed information to our business community to help educate our workforce and keep our City, our citizens and our visitors safe.

The City encourages all of its residents and visitors to follow CDC guidelines to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus.

Those guidelines are:
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care, and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with tissues and throw them in the trash and wash your hands.

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces with a disinfectant.

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.

  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from other people.

More information on the virus is available at or