County Mayor’s Notes – January 5th, 2021

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced a new digital tool ( to help inform Tennesseans when they will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

The eligibility tool allows users to opt-in to receive updates and notifications about their vaccine phase and provides risk-based and age-based phase information at the county level.

Vaccine phases and the current estimated vaccine timeline can be found here:

The eligibility tool and COVID-19 information can be accessed at

COVID-19 Vaccine Information
The Cumberland County Health Department (CCHD) has opened a local information line at (931) 707-9007.  The information line will be available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.

COVID-19 Testing Information
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at the Cumberland County Community Complex (1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38571) Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Self-testing for individuals over age 18 will continue to be offered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Smartphone with internet and email are required for everyone.

CCHD will continue to provide COVID-19 testing on Tuesdays and Thursdays with the assistance of health department staff.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
According to the Governor’s Office, most new COVID-19 cases are coming from small group gatherings like weddings, showers, family events, etc.  To reduce the spread, I am asking everyone to take extra care and to follow the basic rules/guidelines that are in place. 

  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • STAY HOME after being tested until you get your result.
  • Wear a mask when appropriate.  It is not a political statement; it is about everyone’s health.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow the guidelines provided by Governor Lee and the CDC. 
  • Be smart and avoid places you feel are unsafe.

The following are the numbers from the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) for Cumberland County as of the date of this newsletter. The change from the prior day, not my prior newsletter, is in parenthesis.

Very few results have been reported for the last several of days, with very few negative results reported.  This is significantly skewing the positivity rate to the point that I believe the data is bad.  If this doesn’t get more consistent, I may remove the seven-day average from the statistics.  I also believe we are trailing in the number of inactive/recovered that are reported, but we are at the mercy of the data received by the State of Tennessee.

737 active cases (-37)
3,960 inactive/recovered (+74)
53 deaths officially reported (+2)
4,750 positive cases (+37)
101 cumulative hospitalizations (+1)
40,528 negative tests (+26)
39.03% positivity rate – 7-day average
83.37% Inactive/Recovered
10.49% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
7.85% of residents have tested positive
1.22% of residents have active cases

These numbers are intended to be a brief summary of the information provided by the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH). More detailed information can be found at the online dashboard:

Click here for the TDH Quarantine & Isolation Calculator:

A new dashboard has been released for each county.  You can now view the Cumberland County COVID-19 dashboard here:

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

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

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Cumberland County Mayor

2 thoughts on “County Mayor’s Notes – January 5th, 2021

  1. I would like to leave a note for the mayor. My husband became ill on December 17, and tested December 18 – positive for Covid. He is since fine, fully recovered and back to work. Yesterday, January 6, 19 days after his positive test, contact tracing calls me and tells me to quarantine. Do you realize how totally inept and useless that is? That certainly gave me plenty of time to infect the world, if I wanted to. I didn’t. I quarantined with my husband, and I am not a social butterfly so I am generally at home anyway. But if you really want to kick this covid in the butt, you need better contact tracing than that!
    Lori Plotner 973-970-0153 FFG resident

    1. You are correct. The contact tracing the state does is a mess. That is why I try to remind people of what to do if they get it and why I share the links to the tools. Thank you for being smart and not increasing the spread. I’m glad you husband did well!

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