County Mayor’s Notes – June 4th, 2020

Reopening Tennessee
(COVID-19 Statistics follow the Reopening Update)
Tennessee’s Economic Recovery Group continues to advance the state’s reopening plan, issuing updated guidelines today for close contact service businesses, exercise facilities and recreation activities under the Tennessee Pledge. In addition, the ERG added recommendations for large community events to the previously issued guidance for attractions and large venues. Events like fairs, festivals, expos and parades may be held in accordance with social distancing guidelines, and the ERG has provided additional recommendations to mitigate COVID-19 transmission.

Updated guidelines for close contact services, exercise facilities and recreation activities now focus on social distancing measures rather than strict capacity limits. In addition, the guidelines for close contact businesses also provide guidance for resuming certain services that require the removal of face-coverings.

ERG also expanded guidance for attractions and large venues to include recommendations for large community events such as fairs and festivals. To protect Tennesseans from the spread of COVID-19, venues should implement measures to encourage social distancing, reduce occupancy and crowd density, encourage the use of cloth face coverings and increase sanitization.

Full guidelines can be found on for:

Six counties – Shelby, Madison, Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Sullivan – may continue to follow individual, county-specific reopening plans created in consultation with State and local health departments.

Cumberland County COVID-19 Update
28 active cases (down 1 from previous day)
120 tested positive (up 1 from previous day)
90 recovered (up 1 from previous day)
2 deaths officially reported (up 1 from previous day)
4,374 negative tests
4,494 total tested
2.67% percent of those that have been tested were positive
7.53% percent of residents have been tested
0.20% percent of residents have tested positive
0.05% percent of residents have active cases

I send my newsletter updates multiple times a week, but I update my social media almost daily.  If you want to get these updates more frequently, please subscribe to my newsletter, and follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  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.

The census is important, and Cumberland County is behind in getting them completed!  Please take the time complete your census today by visiting or calling 844-330-2020 to get counted today!  It matters.

Cloth Masks
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has temporarily halted distribution of the free COVID-19 masks following a news report raising safety concerns about an anti-microbial agent used to treat the black, knitted cloth coverings.  That is all the news I have at this point.  If you have any questions please contact Mindy Dole at the Cumberland County Health Department at for more information.

Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor. 

Allen Foster

Cumberland County Mayor

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Cumberland County Mayor

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