I hope you have a great, hopefully long, weekend celebrating our freedom! Stay safe and have fun!
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Governor Lee held a conference call with Mayors across the state today. During the call he discussed what he described as a serious climb in positive cases over the last couple of weeks. Cumberland County has had a rise in cases as well, but thankfully not nearly to the extent of the larger more urban areas.
Here in Tennessee we are in an enviable position when it comes to the economic recovery. Tennessee is ranked, depending on the factors, as either number one or number two as the fastest recovering states in the US, and Governor Lee said he wants to keep it that way. The Governor is concerned with the rise of COVID-19 cases, and mentioned that those that don’t take it seriously could cause us to take two steps back. His concern is that if we don’t use common sense to flatten the curve back out that we will push hospital capacity. The Governor believes we can do this safely by just being thoughtful.
With that, here are today’s numbers.
Cumberland County COVID-19 Update
48 active cases (+0 from previous day)
174 positive cases (+1 from previous day)
122 recovered (+0 from previous day)
4 deaths officially reported (+1 from previous day)
14 hospitalizations (+0 from previous day) *
6,904 negative tests (+65)
2.46% percent of those that have been tested were positive
0.29% percent of residents have tested positive
0.08% percent 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 here.
* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized. This does not mean the patient was hospitalized in Cumberland County. It means that a Cumberland County resident was hospitalized at some point.
Health Department Testing and Cloth Masks
The local Health Department (1503 South Main Street) is conducting drive through testing, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. No doctor’s order is required, and no appointment is necessary. Anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms.
Free cloth masks are available at the Health Department for those that want one. Stop by Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm to pick one up for each individual in your household.
Cumberland County is, unfortunately, in second place in the Upper Cumberland in census response rates. Putnam County has a response rate of 65.1% while Cumberland County is only at 59.8%. Our response rate percentage is at a negative variance of 8.7 percent compared to 2010, so we are really behind. August 11th is the official start of non-response follow up operations (door knocking) and October 31st marks the end of the census.
Please take the time complete your census by visiting www.2020Census.gov or calling 844-330-2020 to get counted today! It matters.
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Thank you for being part of the solution and thank you for the opportunity to serve as your County Mayor.
Cumberland County Mayor