COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What is the department doing during the coronavirus state of emergency?
We’re providing the same services we provide for state government throughout the year, although we are seeing increased activity in some areas. Our Central Procurement Office is handling many requests for personal protective equipment or emergency supplies such as respirators, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and disinfectant spray, and is handling
grant requests to help local government agencies. Vendors or donors with equipment for sale or donation to the state should contact COVID.PPEVendors@tn.gov or COVID.PPEDonations@tn.gov.
Our State of Tennessee Real Estate Asset Management (STREAM) division is responding promptly to requests for cleaning and disinfecting state office buildings where coronavirus exposure is suspected or confirmed.
About 75% of our employees are working from home now, but about 25% of our employees are engaged in production work that requires their presence in state buildings, where they continue their jobs.
Have any services been cancelled?
Our mail delivery routes and schedules for state agencies have been adjusted, and our public auctions of surplus property have been postponed for the duration of the coronavirus state of emergency. Some of our deliveries of new motor vehicles have also been postponed. But the great majority of our work continues uninterrupted. We know that other state agencies depend on us to help them accomplish their missions of service to Tennesseans, and we are proud to help in this way.
Is the department undertaking any new special projects?
We are accelerating some construction projects in or around state government buildings to take advantage of this time when few state employees are working in those buildings, and to reduce inconvenience to state workers and building visitors.