County Mayor’s Notes – January 22nd, 2021

Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Updated
Tennessee revised the state Vaccination Plan today, 1/22/2021. I have not had a chance to read it all yet, but the main changes seem to be with phases as seen in the graphic below.
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf

Cumberland County Schools COVID-19 data as of Friday, January 22, 2021:

  • 10 positive active student cases
  • 14 positive active staff cases
  • 142 total students quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.
  • 8 total staff members quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.

Cumberland County Schools will resume in-person instruction on Monday, January 25, 2021.

All students are expected to report to school except for those previously approved for virtual learning or those still in quarantine.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
According to the Governor’s Office, most new COVID-19 cases are coming from small group gatherings like weddings, showers, family events, etc.  To reduce the spread, I am asking everyone to take extra care and to follow the basic rules/guidelines that are in place. 

  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • STAY HOME after being tested until you get your result.
  • Wear a mask when appropriate.  It is not a political statement; it is about everyone’s health.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow the guidelines provided by Governor Lee and the CDC. 
  • Be smart and avoid places you feel are unsafe.

The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of the date of this newsletter. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

395 active cases (-27)
5,034 inactive/recovered (+61)
76 deaths officially reported (+1)
5,505 positive cases (+35)
116 cumulative hospitalizations (+3) *
16.62% positivity rate – 7-day average
91.44% Inactive/Recovered
11.33% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
9.10% of residents have tested positive
0.65% of residents have active cases

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). More detailed information can be found at the online dashboard: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized AT ANY HOSPITAL from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.

Vaccination Information
The State of Tennessee health departments, including the one here in Cumberland County, are now allowing eligible individuals to register online for an appointment WAITING LIST for COVID-19 vaccinations.  This is a process to get on a waiting list for an appointment, not an actual appointment.

There are three-steps in the process:

  1. Find Your Phase by clicking:
    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/
  2. Find the Cumberland County Phase by clicking:
    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/
  3. If you are in a phase currently being vaccinated here in Cumberland County, register for the vaccination appointment WAITING LIST by clicking here:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/cumberlandpriority

If you can’t get on the waiting list by clicking above, you can still call the Cumberland County Health Department at (931) 484-6196 to schedule an appointment for a FIRST DOSE vaccination until the current supply is depleted.  You may have to try several times to get through as call volume is at historic levels due to the worldwide pandemic.

The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use require two doses for the best protection against the virus. Those that received the first dose but did not receive an appointment for the second dose will be contacted by the Health Department.  These appointments will be made as doses are shipped, so the call may only come one or two days in advance.

The COVID-19 vaccine supply is still limited, and Tennessee counties may progress through COVID-19 vaccination phases at different times depending on supplies of COVID-19 vaccines and the number of individuals in each phase.  The Health Department will announce additional opportunities for residents to receive vaccinations as vaccine supplies become available, and as the county moves to new phases of the vaccination plan.

Those with general questions about COVID-19 may call the COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945 or 833-556-2476 between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

VACCINATIONS WILL BE PROVIDED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

DO NOT ARRIVE MORE THAN 15 MINUTES EARLY FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT.  You will be turned away.

Health Department Information Line
The Cumberland County Health Department (CCHD) has opened a local information line at (931) 707-9007.  The information line will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Health Department Testing Information
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at the Cumberland County Community Complex (1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38571) Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.  (This is a change from the regular 8:00 am start time, due to increasingly colder temperatures)

Self-testing for individuals over age 18 will continue to be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Smartphone with internet and email are required for everyone on self-testing days.

CCHD will continue to provide COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the assistance of health department staff.

COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Key Links

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Thank you,

Allen Foster
Cumberland County Mayor
http://allenfoster.net