County Mayor’s Notes – September 25th, 2020

COVID-19 data follows the tnAchieves update

tnAchieves Needs Mentors!
tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, needs volunteers to serve as mentors for the Class of 2021! tnAchieves mentors will be able to serve their community virtually, working with local students to offer support throughout the college-going process.

TN Promise allows any graduating high school senior the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition and mandatory fee free. Many of the students will be the first in their family to attend college and may also need some additional, non-financial support. tnAchieves provides this support by pairing each scholarship applicant with a volunteer mentor. The program needs more than 9,000 mentors across the state!  In Cumberland County, 68 mentors are needed to support students locally. With less than three months remaining until the December 4, 2020 mentor recruitment deadline we are seeking your support in reaching this goal.

tnAchieves mentors spend about one hour per month working with a group of students to help them achieve their college-going goals. In 2021, mentors will serve their students using tnAchieves CONNECT. tnAchieves CONNECT is a new virtual mentoring tool that allows mentors to remain connected to their students in a safe, online environment. It will also allow mentors to serve from their home and on their own schedule!

Mentors remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and, most importantly, encourage students to reach their full potential. While the time commitment is small, the impact on the students can be life-changing. To learn more and apply you can visit or contact Tyler Ford at or (309) 945-3446.

I hope you will consider applying to serve as a mentor!

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
Director of Schools Dr. Ina Maxwell released the following COVID-19 data as of Friday, September 25, 2020

  • 5 positive active student cases
  • 6 positive active staff cases
  • 61 total students quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.
  • 6 total staff members quarantined due to being determined to have had close contact with another individual who tested positive.

The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of 2:00 PM today. The change from the prior day is in parenthesis.

Now is not the time to let our guard down.  Please continue to follow the recommendations of Governor Lee and the CDC.

105 active cases (+1)
1,069 inactive/recovered (+16)
18 deaths officially reported (+0)
1,192 positive cases (+17)
57 hospitalizations (+2) *
21,696 negative tests (+342)
89.68% Inactive/Recovered
5.21% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
1.97% of residents have tested positive
0.17% 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 at the online dashboard:

School level COVID-19 data is now available online.  Click this link to see the information available for Cumberland County:

* 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 Face Coverings
Masks/face coverings can help to slow the spread by slowing or stopping the droplets that carry the virus.  Free cloth masks are available upon request 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 2:00 PM.   No doctor’s order is required, and no appointment is necessary. Anyone can be tested regardless of symptoms.

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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