County Mayor’s Notes – October 15th, 2021

TN Achieves Mentors Needed
Currently, just 31 percent of Cumberland County mentor need has been met. To ensure every local student is supported, 52 mentors are still needed! With less than two months until the deadline, TN Promise needs the support more than ever!

Mentors commit just one hour per month to provide support and encouragement for local students as they navigate the college-going process. Mentors can choose whether they prefer to mentor in-person or virtually in 2022. All tnAchieves mentors complete an hour-long virtual training and are provided with a comprehensive guide to the program. While tnAchieves mentoring is not a significant time commitment, it does have a significant impact in ensuring students can realize their full potential!

Please consider applying to serve as a mentor in 2022 to help reverse negative enrollment trends brought on by the pandemic. Your support can make a difference!

The deadline to apply as a mentor is December 3, 2021. To apply or learn more, visit https://tnAchieves.org/mentors.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic violence poisons relationships, destroys lives, and shatters the bedrock of our society — the family. Homes should be places of comfort and stability where love and mutual respect thrive.  I, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of Tennessee, do proclaim October 2021 as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Cumberland County and I call upon all citizens to stand firm in condemning domestic violence and supporting survivors of these crimes in finding the safety and recovery they need.

Mayor Mayberry and I, by virtue of the authority vested in us by the State of Tennessee, do proclaim this week in 2021 as White Ribbon Campaign Week in Cumberland County and call upon all citizens to stand firm in condemning domestic violence and supporting survivors of these crimes in finding the safety and recovery they need.

COVID-19 Update
According to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), in Cumberland County there are 274 active cases of COVID-19.  The number of active cases continues to trend down.  Hopefully this continues.  There have been 214 deaths reported as of the date of this newsletter.  Datasets for additional information can be found at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/data/downloadable-datasets.html.

In Cumberland County, 45.99% of the population has received at least one does of any COVID-19 vaccine.  We have 3.64% that have taken the first dose of Pfizer or Moderna, and 42.56% are fully vaccinated.  Additional vaccination data can be found here: https://data.tn.gov/t/Public/views/TennIISCOVID-19VaccineReporting/SUMMARY?:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=n&:showVizHome=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:toolbar=no&:embed=yes.

There is no school data today as there are no classes this week.

I do not believe in governmental mandates, but I do believe in vaccines.  The data clearly indicates this is a pandemic most dangerous to the unvaccinated.  Getting vaccinated is a personal decision and should be made by an individual and their doctor and other trusted advisors.  I went through this process months ago and decided it was best for me to get vaccinated.  Information for those that wish to get vaccinated is provided below.

State Vaccination Dashboard:
https://data.tn.gov/t/Public/views/TennIISCOVID-19VaccineReporting/SUMMARY?:showAppBanner=false&:display_count=n&:showVizHome=n&:origin=viz_share_link&:toolbar=no&:embed=yes

CMC/Covenant Dashboard
CMC and Covenant released a dashboard with information about current COVID-19 patients.  You can see from the graphic that 90% of all COVID-19 ICU patients at CMC are unvaccinated, and 83% of all COVID-19 patients at CMC are unvaccinated.  Currently there are 26 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations at CMC.  At CMC, the median age of those in the ICU is 53.5 and the median age of all COVID-19 hospitalizations is 54.

Covenant also released data for the hospital system.  Data provided indicates 87% of all COVID-19 ICU patients in a Covenant hospital are unvaccinated, and 80% of all COVID-19 patients in a Covenant hospital are unvaccinated.  Currently there are 195 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations in a Covenant facility.  The median age of those in the ICU is 60 and the median age of all COVID-19 hospitalizations is 62.5.

More Covenant data can be found at https://www.covenanthealth.com/covid-19-dashboard/.

Cumberland County Health Department Update
COVID-19 Testing Hours Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Thru Monday – Friday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Walk-In Vaccine available 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Cumberland County Department of Health is now offering booster doses of COVID vaccine.

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