County Mayor’s Notes – April 26th, 2021

Cumberland County Schools COVID-19 data as of Friday, April 23, 2021

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

Cumberland County Population Vaccinated

  • Number of vaccines reported (including first and second doses): 36,206
  • County Population with at least one dose of any manufacturer: 20,700
  • County Population Fully Vaccinated: 16,644

State Vaccination Dashboard:
https://data.tn.gov/t/Public/views/TennIISCOVID-19VaccineReporting/SUMMARY?:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=n&:showVizHome=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:toolbar=no&:embed=yes

Cumberland County EMS Launches New Tactical Team

Cumberland County is the first in the region to form a volunteer Tactical EMS comprised of paramedics and critical care medics.  These individuals are specially trained to go into high-risk environments with law enforcement to provide quicker response time to the wounded or injured. Sheriff Casey Cox said, “When EMS Director Miller met with me with the idea of tactical medics attached with the SWAT team I was extremely interested.  If a SWAT operator is injured during an operation seconds can be the difference between life and death.”

The Tactical EMS team received certification by taking a 16-hour Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) training course given by the United States National Guard.  Two members of Cumberland County’s tactical team went on to receive their certifications to be TCCC trainers.  This allows Cumberland County EMS to be a training center for these invaluable classes. Mayor Allen Foster stated, “Our EMS department continues to be a leader in the Upper Cumberland.  This new team will work closely with law enforcement in order to deliver medical care on scene as quickly as possible to those in need.”

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Cumberland County Tactical EMS team recently organized a drill practicing multiple hostile scenarios, such as hostage and active shooter situations.  This coordinated event allowed the two departments to practice this training together, assess the performance, and improve the quality of these lifesaving exercises.  Cumberland County EMS Director, Chris Miller stated, “I am very proud of this tactical team and the partnership with Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and SWAT.  This training and partnership will help us provide Cumberland County faster responses of life-saving procedures in dangerous situations.”

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
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.

129 active cases (-7)
6,397 inactive/recovered (+11)
128 deaths officially reported (+0)
6,654 positive cases (+4)
160 cumulative hospitalizations (-1) *
18.23% positivity rate – 7-day average
96.14% Inactive/Recovered
11.95% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
10.99% of residents have tested positive
0.21% of residents have active cases

* 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 Phase Update
The 89 Health Departments operated by the State of Tennessee, including the Cumberland County Health Department, announced that all Tennesseans age 16 and up are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Vaccination appointments are widely available across the state, with many rural Tennessee county health departments seeing only a fraction of their daily COVID-19 vaccination appointments filled. Tennesseans eligible for COVID-19 vaccination can visit https://vaccinate.tn.gov/ to book their vaccination appointment at their county health department.

Information on other vaccination locations in the community is available at https://vaccinefinder.org/search/. These sites include retail pharmacies, independent pharmacies, hospitals, federally qualified health care centers, and faith-based health clinics.

Vaccination and Testing Locations
COVID-19 vaccination and testing are both conducted at the Community Complex grounds on Livingston Road.  Although both are on the same grounds, the locations are different.  Vaccinations are held closest to the Taco Bell entrance on the Highway 127 side of the grounds and are located close to the 3-way stop at Industrial Boulevard and Livingston Road.  Testing is located closest to the Farmers Market entrance on the West Avenue (Highway 70N) side of the grounds.

Please watch the signs as they are located to help you get in the correct line.

COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Key Links

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.  If you are interested in hearing my thoughts and views on news, events, and activities in Cumberland County, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

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

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Cumberland County Mayor

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