County Mayor’s Notes – December 16th, 2020

Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability Survey
Every five years, in an effort to assess the status of older adults across the state, the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability is required to complete the State Plan on Aging.   You can help guide the 5-year Official Tennessee State Plan on Aging.  Whether you’re an older adult, caregiver, or friend, this is your chance to share your experiences and ideas! 

Click here to complete the State Plan on Aging Survey for Older Adults:
https://www.tn.gov/aging/state-plans-assesssment.html

Do you know someone who wants to complete the State Plan on Aging Survey but has limited internet access?  Please call 615-741-1428 to complete survey over the phone.

This survey will be open from now – Dec 31, 2020.  With COVID-19 this year’s needs assessment has a heavy online presence, however, the state has attempted to reach a broad audience by offering the phone number, sending a limited amount of survey’s via mail, and utilizing print media.

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)
According to the Governor’s Office, most new cases are coming from small group gatherings like weddings, showers, family events, etc.  In order to reduce the spread, everyone needs to follow the basic rules/guidelines.

  • If you feel sick, get tested.
  • STAY HOME after being tested until you get your result.  If the result is positive you should begin isolation and wait for a call from the Tennessee Department of Health in order to receive additional instructions. There is a quarantine (for those exposed) and isolation (for those with COVID-19) calculator here: https://covid19.tn.gov/prevention/quarantine-isolation-calculator/.  It is important the everyone follow those recommendations.
  • Remember to wear a mask when appropriate
  • Practice social distance
  • 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 2:00 PM today. The change from the prior day, not my prior update, is in parenthesis.

509 active cases (+9)
2,904 inactive/recovered (+56)
44 deaths officially reported (+0)
3,457 positive cases (+65)
95 cumulative hospitalizations (+1)
37,254 negative tests (+104)
18.97% positivity rate – 7-day average
84.00% Inactive/Recovered
8.49% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
5.71% of residents have tested positive
0.84% 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: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

Click here for the TDH Quarantine & Isolation Calculator:
https://covid19.tn.gov/prevention/quarantine-isolation-calculator/

A new dashboard has been released for each county.  You can now view the Cumberland County COVID-19 dashboard here:
https://covid19.tn.gov/data/dashboards/?County=Cumberland

The dashboard seems to be the last data that is updated so it can lag for several hours behind the 2:00 PM daily data release.

School level COVID-19 data is now available online.  Click this link to see the information available for Cumberland County:
https://districtinformation.tnedu.gov/covid-information/search/-1/180

Vaccine Update
I have received several questions about the state’s vaccine plan.  They have now published a FAQ that can be found here:
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccine_FAQ.pdf

One of the most frequent questions that the state hears from Tennesseans is when the general public can expect to be able to receive the vaccine.  While the state does not have exact timeframes at this point, they have shared the anticipated phases of allocation. While these phases are subject to change, the graphic below (also found in the vaccination plan in the link below) illustrates what is anticipated for these phases at this time

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf

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
http://allenfoster.net

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Cumberland County Mayor

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