County Mayor’s Notes – July 1st, 2020

Over the past seven days, Cumberland County has had an increase of 21 positive cases of COVID-19.  We now have 48 active cases, up 5 from yesterday.  The number of recovered are not keeping pace at seven for the same time period.  Additionally, today we increased hospitalizations by 1, and our percentage of positives, while low, continues to climb.  I know we all want COVID-19 to go away, but COVID-19 does not want to go away.  Earlier this week the Governor extended guidelines limiting the reopening and keeping current guidelines in place.  Today, he asked the public to take COVID-19 seriously, and to wear a face covering while in public.  You can watch the Governor’s comments from today by clicking here

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 COVID-19 Update
48 active cases (+5 from previous day)
173 positive cases (+6 from previous day)
122 recovered (+0 from previous day)
3 deaths officially reported (no change from previous day)
14 hospitalizations (+1 from previous day) *
6,839 negative tests (+159)
2.47% 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

Click here for more information from the State of Tennessee.

* 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. Results are generally available in about two days.

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.

Census
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.

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, 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.

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
http://allenfoster.net

Published by allenfoster

Cumberland County Mayor

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