County Mayor’s Notes – July 13th, 2020

Masks and Face Coverings
I am not a sheep, and neither is anyone else that wears a mask when they can’t social distance.  Cumberland County has gone up by 15 active cases in the last week.  Today, active case numbers look slightly better, and our percent positives remain low, but I encourage everyone to wear a mask in public when you can’t social distance.  You don’t have to, but the science behind wearing masks is clear in my opinion.  It helps. 

Remember, we all need to respect those with differing views.  We are a community.

Statement from the County Clerk
On Friday, July 10, 2020 we were notified an employee in the County Clerk’s Office tested positive for COVID-19.  The employee had been wearing a mask while at work.  To err on the side of caution, our offices will be closed for deep cleaning to meet CDC guidelines.  During this period of time, all employees within the affected office will be tested.  We hope to reopen soon. 

Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

Jule Bryson
Cumberland County Clerk

Cumberland County COVID-19 Update
The state has a new map available that gives a little more data by zip code. To get to the map, click here:, then select the “Recent trends by Zip Code” tab and select “Upper Cumberland Region” to see the 21-Day Testing and Case Rates for various zip codes. 

69 active cases (-3 from previous day)
229 positive cases (+8 from previous day)
156 recovered (+11 from previous day)
4 deaths officially reported (+0 from previous day)
17 hospitalizations (+0 from previous day) *
8,127 negative tests (+199 from previous day)
2.72% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases divided by total tests)
0.38% percent of residents have tested positive
0.12% 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
Masks help to slow the spread by stopping the droplets that carry the virus.  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.

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.

I will be updating the numbers soon, but we are still behind.  Please take the time complete your census by visiting or calling 844-330-2020 to get counted today!  It matters.

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

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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