County Mayor’s Notes – April 6th, 2020

Twenty-six residents of Cumberland County have tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.  That is no increase from yesterday.  Contact tracing is standard in all cases, so if you have been in close contact with someone that has tested positive, you will be notified. More detailed information can be found here:

I have many new subscribers to my newsletter, so I want to go over some information that you might not have seen.  Cumberland County was notified of our first positive case on March 19, 2020.  Since that time, we have steadily seen our numbers increase.  At first it was by one or two cases at a time, now it seems to be more.  The takeaway is that positive results are getting larger and will continue to do so.  DO YOUR PART, STAY APART!  Cumberland County is doing a lot of testing compared to other counties of similar and larger size, which is good.  The Health Department continues drive up testing Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM. For more information call 931-484-6196.

Some residents have asked me to provide more information than I have or that I can legally obtain. All the information I have can be found at the link below. The State of Tennessee has been very strict in the HIPAA law interpretations but have loosened up some over time. They may release more detailed data in the future. If so, it will still be found at this site. HIPAA requirements have NOT been changed to allow the release of personally identifiable information. The Department of Health determines what is released. Again, contact tracing is conducted with all those testing positive, so if you have been in close contact with someone that tests positive, you will be notified.

Please call the following numbers if you would like more information.

  • Tennessee Department of Health (TDH): 877-857-2945
  • TDH Regional Helpline: 931-646-7586
  • Cumberland County Health Department: 931-484-6169

CDC on Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.  For more information please click the link below.

The restrictions that were put in place at County owned buildings remain in place at least through April.  You can get more information here.

The Animal Shelter is closed to the public.  Please do not try to drop any animals off at this time.

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 following the events of the county, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Thank you,

Allen Foster

Cumberland County Mayor

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Cumberland County Mayor

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