County Mayor’s Notes – October 8th, 2021

Broadband Update
Charter Spectrum kicked off their work in Cumberland County today with a ceremony at the Mayland Fire Department.  Charter will be running fiber to the home to 5,976 locations in our county.  For more information about the broadband efforts in Cumberland County, check out the broadband page on my website at https://allenfoster.net/broadband/.

COVID-19 Update
According to the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), in Cumberland County there are 334 active cases of COVID-19.  The number of active cases continues to trend down.  Hopefully this continues.  There have been 203 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, 45.74% 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 42.09% 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.

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.

CMC/Covenant Dashboard
CMC and Covenant released a dashboard with information about current COVID-19 patients.  You can see from the graphic that 83% of all COVID-19 ICU patients at CMC are unvaccinated, and 72% of all COVID-19 patients at CMC are unvaccinated.  Currently there are 24 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations at CMC.  At CMC, the median age of all COVID-19 hospitalizations is 73.

Covenant also released data for the hospital system.  Data provided indicates 84% 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 245 confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospitalizations in a Covenant facility.  The median age of those in the ICU is 58 and the median age of all COVID-19 hospitalizations is 65.

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

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

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 to certain populations.

A single dose booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be administered for individuals who met these criteria:

  • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • People aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, 
  • People aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and 
  • People aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer [1]BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

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