County Mayor’s Notes – December 30th, 2020

Important Vaccine Update
Tennessee will begin simultaneous age-based vaccinations coinciding with the previously released vaccine allocation phases.  That means seniors ages 75 and older will be able to get vaccinated a bit sooner than originally anticipated.  In Cumberland County, those 75 and older can be vaccinated at the Community Complex (1398 Livingston Road) on Saturday, January 2, 2021 from 9 AM until 3:30 PM, or until supplies run out. Please bring a photo ID with you.

Gates will open one hour before vaccinations begin.  Due to traffic safety concerns, vehicles will not be permitted to line up prior to the 8 AM gate opening on Saturday morning.  The vaccines are free, and no appointment is required on this date.  Appointments may be required in the future.

Below is a graphic of the vaccine phases that have been updated, as well as a timeline based on what we know right now. Please keep in mind that this timeline is subject to change based on each county’s phase progression and supply of vaccines.

The Department of Health issued an update to the COVID vaccine plan today. The full version is available on the website here:

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

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 today. 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 likely significantly skewing the positivity rate.

651 active cases (+13)
3,656 inactive/recovered (+97)
51 deaths officially reported (+2)
4,358 positive cases (+97)
98 cumulative hospitalizations (+0)
39,822 negative tests (+58)
33.72% positivity rate – 7-day average
83.89% Inactive/Recovered
9.86% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
7.20% of residents have tested positive
1.08% 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

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

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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