County Mayor’s Notes – November 20th, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee National Guard will extend operating hours at the Cumberland County Health Department, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, November 23, and Monday, November 30 ONLY.   All 89 rural county health departments, including the one in Cumberland County, will be open Monday, November 23, through Wednesday, November 25.  County health departments will be closed and will not provide COVID-19 testing from Thursday November 26, through Saturday November 28, 2020.

Cumberland County Schools COVID-19 data as of Friday, November 20, 2020

  • 24 positive active student cases
  • 6 positive active staff cases
  • 462 total students quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.
  • 25 total staff members quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.

As a reminder, Cumberland County Schools will be closed on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th. Thanksgiving break for students and staff is Wednesday, November 25th- Friday, November 27th.  As an added precaution to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 after a holiday, Cumberland County Schools will operate on a Remote Learning Schedule Monday, November 30th – Wednesday, December 2nd.

Students will return to in-person classes on Thursday, December 3rd.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
Please remember to wear a mask when appropriate, social distance, wash your hands, and 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 2:00 PM today. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

344 active cases (+10)
1,950 inactive/recovered (+47)
34 deaths officially reported (+0)
2,328 positive cases (+57)
89 cumulative hospitalizations (+0)
31,813 negative tests (+4250)
14.87% positivity rate – 7-day average
83.76% Inactive/Recovered
6.82% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
3.85% of residents have tested positive
0.57% of residents have active cases

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

A new dashboard has been released for each county.  You can now view the Cumberland County COVID-19 dashboard here:

https://covid19.tn.gov/data/dashboards/?County=Cumberland

The dashboard seems to be the last data that is updated so it can lag for several hours behind the 2:00 PM daily data release.

School level COVID-19 data is now available online.  Click this link to see the information available for Cumberland County:

https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/search/-1/180

Health Department Testing
The local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) is conducting drive through testing, free of charge, Monday through Friday.  EFFECTIVE TUESDAY NOVEMBER 24, 2020, the testing hours will be changed to 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.   No doctor’s order is required, and no appointment is necessary. Anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms.

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Thank you,

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