County Mayor’s Notes – May 6th, 2020

There is a lot of new information today.  Please read this newsletter in detail.

Cloth Facemasks
The State of Tennessee is starting the process of providing everyone a free cloth facemask that needs one.  You can stop by the local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) from 8 AM-4:30 PM to pick up your free mask starting this week!  This is while supplies last, but more shipments will be coming in.

Health Department Schedule Change
The local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) is conducting drive through testing, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM.  This week only, on Thursday, May 7th, testing will be conducted from 1 PM to 6 PM.  The hours were changed to give more people the opportunity to be tested.  The other 4 weekdays will be the normal 9 AM to 3 PM.

Governor’s Plan to Reopen
Touch-less Thermometers:
Some businesses will need touch-less thermometers.  These medical quality non-contact body infrared thermometers are specially designed to take the body temperature of a person regardless of room temperature and are perfect for business’s measuring the temperature of employees, with a safe no-contact laser temp design. Only businesses can order these touch-less thermometers from the state at

Recreation, Offices, Lodging, Construction and Manufacturing Guidance:
As the Governor allows businesses to reopen across the state, Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group released additional guidance today for Recreation, Offices, Lodging, Construction and Manufacturing. Small group, non-contact recreation businesses like bowling alleys, arcades, dance classes, water sports, mini-golf and more will be able to reopen Friday, May 8. The Tennessee Pledge guidelines recommend capacity limits, spacing requirements, and frequent sanitization, among others. Larger venues and activities where social distancing is not feasible remain closed.

The guidance applies to 89 of the state’s 95 counties, including Cumberland. Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan created individual plans in consultation with the State and local health departments to address the unique needs of those individual communities.

Most Lodging, Construction and Manufacturing businesses were considered essential under the governor’s executive orders, while Offices prepare for a return to work in the coming weeks. Guidance for those industries can be found at the following sites:

In addition to strict adherence to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, full guidelines for small group, non-contact recreation businesses are posted online at

View the full guidance here.

COVID-19 Update
32 active cases (up 1)
85 tested positive (up 1)
52 recovered (no change)
1 death officially reported
2,025 negative tests
2,110 total tested

Contact tracing is completed by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH).  Once a patient is contacted about a positive test result by the health department or their local primary care physician, they are immediately contacted by the TDH contact tracing team who investigates their movements and persons that they may have come in close contact with.  TDH considers close contact to be within six feet for more than 10 minutes.  TDH employees will identify themselves when calling. Contact tracing is done out of the regional office. If you are contacted and have questions or concerns about authenticity, etc., feel free to call 931-646-7586.

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 here.

County Government Offices
County government offices will reopen to the public on May 11, 2020. On May 11, access will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY. This includes the Assessor of Property, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Trustee, Clerk & Master, Election Commission, and the Mayor’s Office. The Animal Shelter (931-484-8525) is now open for adoptions by appointment only.

Please contact the office you need to conduct business with to get more detailed instructions:

Mayor’s Office: 931-484-6165
Assessor of Property Assessor: 931-484-5745
Circuit Court Clerk: 931-484-6647
County Clerk: 931-484-6442
Highway Department: 931-484-5424
Register of Deeds: 931-484-5559
Sheriff’s Department: 931-484-6176
Trustee: 931-484-5730
Clerk & Master: 931-484-4731
Election Commission: 931-484-4919

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

Published by allenfoster

Cumberland County Mayor

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