County Mayor’s Notes – February 4th, 2021

Today’s COVID-19 update follows the broadband update.

Since February of 2020, approximately $16,561,133 has been allocated to broadband projects that total approximately 8,000 new locations (homes, businesses) with current or future access in Cumberland County.  This total includes today’s announcement below.  Check out my broadband page for more detailed information about the broadband efforts in Cumberland County.

Speaker Sexton, Sen. Bailey, Mayor Foster announce $4.8 million in federal funds for broadband expansion in Cumberland County
Funding will enable Charter Spectrum to provide services to almost 6,000 unserved homes 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville)State Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster today announced $4.8 million in federal funding for broadband expansion in Cumberland County.

These federal dollars are associated with the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF); it pairs federal resources with private investment to expand services in areas where broadband currently is unavailable. 

“This additional federal funding will build upon our body’s recent investment of more than $121 million across the state to enhance access to high-speed internet services up to one gigabyte for our citizens,” said Speaker Sexton. “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our families, schools, businesses and health providers have relied heavily on our existing broadband infrastructure. Charter’s commitment and partnership locally will help us all better address critical needs within our community through the enhanced services Charter is providing with this funding.”

This sizeable investment will enable Charter Communications to provide services to roughly 5,979 additional homes in the county. This new area accounts for nearly 20 percent of all households. 

“This is great news as we continue our efforts to get more broadband services into our rural communities,” said Sen. Bailey. “There has never been a more important time to improve connectivity than now.  Broadband is not only critical to create high quality jobs for our citizens, it is needed in homes for education, telemedicine, farming and other needs that improve the quality of life for families.  I am very excited that these homes will be connected and am looking forward to seeing many more new locations added in our district in the near future.”

Winning RDOF program bidders were selected, based upon pledging the most private investment to package with federal funding at the lowest cost to taxpayers. All total, Spectrum will receive $93 million in federal RDOF dollars, which will bring a total of 79,193 additional homes across our state online.

“In today’s world, access to reliable broadband is essential,” said Mayor Foster.  “The new RDOF funding is exciting news for Cumberland County.  The $4.8 million investment will help provide broadband access to almost 6,000 homes and businesses.  Since February of 2020, approximately $16,561,133 has been allocated to broadband projects here in Cumberland County.  We are making great progress thanks to these substantial investments in our community.”

For more information on the RDOF, please click below.  Enter Cumberland County TN or your address in the search bar to see the area covered.
https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/maps/rdof-phase-i-dec-2020/

Click here for deployment information and timelines:
https://www.fcc.gov/auction/904/factsheet#deployment

COVID-19 Update (difference from previous day)

  • 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.

160 active cases (-1)
5,436 inactive/recovered (+17)
97 deaths officially reported (+3)
5,693 positive cases (+19)
122 cumulative hospitalizations (+0) *
10.63% positivity rate – 7-day average
95.49% Inactive/Recovered
11.38% cumulative positivity rate (positive cases / positive cases + negative tests)
9.41% of residents have tested positive
0.26% 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

* Hospitalization data reflect the cumulative (total) number of cases of Cumberland County residents that were ever hospitalized AT ANY HOSPITAL from COVID-19. It does not reflect the number of people currently hospitalized.

Vaccination Information
The State of Tennessee health departments, including the one here in Cumberland County, are now allowing eligible individuals to register online for an appointment WAITING LIST for COVID-19 vaccinations.  This is a process to get on a waiting list for an appointment, not an actual appointment.

There are three-steps in the process:

  1. Find Your Phase by clicking:
    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/
  2. Find the Cumberland County Phase by clicking:
    https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/
  3. If you are in a phase currently being vaccinated here in Cumberland County, register for the vaccination appointment WAITING LIST by clicking here:
    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/cumberlandpriority

If you can’t get on the appointment waiting list by clicking above, you can still call the Cumberland County Health Department at (931) 484-6196 to schedule an appointment.  You may have to try several times to get through as call volume is at historic levels due to the worldwide pandemic.

VACCINATIONS ARE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Those with general questions about COVID-19 may call the COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945 or 833-556-2476 between 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Health Department Information Line
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 Health Department Testing Information
COVID-19 testing will continue to be offered at the Cumberland County Community Complex (1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38571) Monday through Fridayfrom 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.

Beginning Monday February 8, 2021, the testing times will be Monday through Friday from 10:00 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 on self-testing days.

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

COVID-19 Information and Vaccine Key Links

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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