March 19, 2020
Cumberland County, TN COVID-19 Update
Today the State of Tennessee notified the Cumberland County Health Department of the first documented case of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, here in Cumberland County. Additional details have not been released.
I have full confidence in the ability of our local health care providers, both private and public, to handle the medical needs of Cumberland County. I want to encourage everyone to remain vigilant in following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Tennessee Department of Health. These two agencies are providing regular updates on available resources and up-to-date guidance to reduce spread of the infection.
Based on recommendations from frequent briefings from the White House and Governor, we have already taken steps in Cumberland County to help slow the spread: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus- guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
The health of the public and our county employees is my priority. In this regard, beginning March 20, 2020, access to county office buildings will be limited to those with an appointment only. Each office may have slightly different procedures for handling access, so please call the office you need to visit to get an appointment and to get more information concerning access.
When you arrive for your appointment, only the person(s) required to conduct the business will be allowed to enter the building. If an individual requires assistance, one person will be allowed to accompany the individual.
When you call, you may find you can get your questions answered or transact your business on the phone, by mail, or online. The offices are here to help.
Please call the office you need to conduct business with to get specific directions and appointments. Contact information can be found on the county website at http://www.cumberlandcountytn.gov.
These measures will be in effect through April 3, 2020, at a minimum.
The Health Department remains open. If you suspect you have a fever or respiratory illness please call your primary care physician or the Health Department before visiting the facility.
All emergency services will continue to operate, and courts will operate as per the guidelines directed by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
The county convenience centers remain open. Please remember to practice social distancing.
This is a fluid situation. We must all take precautions to protect our most vulnerable populations – the elderly, and those with a compromised immune system. Please heed all requests from local healthcare providers for restricted visitation policies and changes in their office procedures. Please adhere to the social distancing and limited access to public buildings that are being put into place by pubic officials. As I mentioned a few days ago, this isn’t just about you or me. We all have a part to play in order to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are safe.
Thank you for being a part of the solution.
Allen Foster, Cumberland County Mayor
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The following is a running list of items needed and locations in Cumberland County that are currently accepting these items to donate to Putnam County
non-perishable food, shampoo, conditioner, soap, razors, toothbrush/paste, hair brushes/combs, contact solution, deodorant, hand sanitizer, feminine products, diapers, formula, baby food, wipes, batteries, flashlights, first aid items, work gloves, and latex gloves, tote bins, unopened socks, unopened underwear
Cumberland Fellowship – 1640 West Ave
Pappy’s Place – 1133 Genesis Rd
Chop Shop – 296 West Ave
Salon Suites – 34 Miller Ave
MasterCorp – 3505 N. Main St.
CCHS Beta Club – 660 Stanley St
Scott Proffitt Trucking – 1717 Genesis Rd
Antebellum Salon – 8654 Hwy 127 N
Stevie’s Elite Athletics – Vanity Fair Mall
Parson and Wright CPA – 156 Walker Hill St
Quality Home Health – 131 S Webb Ave Suite 102
Buckeye Home Medical Equipment – 1645 S Main St Suite 104
Synergy Medical Associates – 88 Taylor Ave
Grace Givers Home Care – 3888 Peavine Rd
SERVPRO – 96 Taylors Chapel Rd
Fairfield Glade Police Dept – 5160 Peavine Rd
This & That Thrift – 1846 S Main St
FOCCAS – pet items on Saturday from 11-3 – 707 S Main St
Pomona United Methodist Church – 57 POW Camp Rd
Upper Cumberland Federal Credit Union – 627 Livingston Rd
NAPA Auto Parts – Cumberland Plaza
The Realty Firm – Crossville Location – 115 S Main St Suite 103
Crossville Dragway – Saturday Donation Drive – 1650 Creston Rd
Girl Scouts – Sunday Donation Drive – FFG Multi-purpose Building
Gifts From the Heart – 573 S Main St
Polished Nail Bar & Beauty Lounge – 3160 Miller Ave
Mountain Barn Builders – 6540 S York Hwy – Clarkrange
Central Baptist Church – 1346 S Main St
Consolidated Body Shop – 4891 Hwy 127 N
Mèrci Beauty Lounge – 572 S Main St
TCAT Crossville – Building 4 – 910 Miller Ave
Dirty Girls Nursery – 697 Dunbar Rd
SMHS FFA – 2800 Cook Rd
Cumberland County Schools Nutrition – 368 4th St
Northside Family Dentistry – 143 Matherly St
Happy Hearts Home Care – 256 Genesis Rd Suite 102
Putnam County has reached capacity on item donations and are asking for monetary donations!
100% of the proceeds go to relief for those affected
3 Ways to Donate:
1. Bank of Putnam County @ any of the 19 locations,
INCLUDING Cumberland County Bank
2. Venmo: @CookevillePutnamCountyTornado
3. PayPal: @CookevillePutnamCountyTornadoReliefFund
Message from Putnam County on specific items they need:
“We are currently only taking non-perishable items.
The most needed items are:
non-perishable food | shampoo | conditioner | soap | razors | toothbrush/paste | hair brushes/combs | contact solution | deodorant | hand sanitizer | feminine products | diapers | formula | baby food | wipes | batteries | flashlights | first aid items | work gloves | gloves
These items can be taken to the Cookeville Community Center located at 240 Carlen Dr in Cookeville
We appreciate all of the offers to help the community financially. At the moment, details are still being worked out for monetary donations. As soon as that is worked out, the Putnam County EMA Facebook page will be updated to show where those can be sent.
Please keep updated via our Putnam County EMA Facebook page for further updates. We really appreciate you reaching out!”
With the growing number of questions concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster wanted to share some information on the County’s preparedness efforts.
Along with their established emergency preparedness plans, Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency (CCEMA) and Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services (CCEMS) are in continued communication with the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH), the lead agency for any emerging health threats in the entire state of Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Health advises to:
Wash your hands frequently
Avoid touching your face, nose and mouth
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you feel ill, stay at home
The most important thing to know is that Tennessee and Cumberland County are prepared. While there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the state of Tennessee, our county emergency agencies have daily contact with TDH to coordinate all developing issues. For more detailed information, please go to: https://www.tn.gov/health/news.html or www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Click HERE to view the latest roadway report from TDOT!
Our area is described in District 27
ROADWAY ACTIVITY REPORT | February 6 – 12, 2020
CUMBERLAND COUNTY | I-40 Construction of a truck climbing lane EB near MM 339, including grading, drainage, and paving: Construction signs, guardrail (westbound), and portable barrier rail (eastbound) have been installed on I-40. The contractor continues grade work and drainage activities in the median behind portable barrier rail. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and be aware of construction personnel in the work zone and equipment that will be entering/exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is September 2020.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY | I-40 resurfacing from the SR-101 ramp (LM 18, MM 322) to east of SR-1 (US-70) (LM 24.6, MM 329), including bridge repair over Daddy’s Creek and Main Street: During this reporting period, the contractor is scheduled to begin bridge repair on the eastbound and westbound bridges at mm 326. I-40 will be reduced to one lane in each direction while repairs are being made. The contractor will implement portable queue warning systems and temporary portable rumble strips as part of traffic control. Motorists are encouraged to use caution while traveling through the work zone. Estimated project completion date is October 2020.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY | SR-1 (US-70) Emergency slope stabilization near LM 26.6: Construction signs, portable barrier rail, and temporary traffic signals have been installed. SR-1 (US-70) will be reduced to one lane between Godsey Road and Renegade Mountain Parkway while slope stabilization is in process. Motorists should exercise caution and pay attention to temporary traffic signals as they travel through the work zone.
CUMBERLAND COUNTY | SR-101 (Peavine Road) Grading, drainage, and paving from Firetower Road to Westchester/Catoosa Boulevard: As grade work progresses, motorists should be alert for shifts in traffic patterns to allow for construction activities. The posted speed limit has been reduced from 45 MPH to 35 MPH within the work zone. Temporary lane closures and/or traffic stoppages may be needed as construction activities continue. Motorists should reduce speed on Peavine Road and be alert for construction personnel/equipment entering and exiting the roadway. Estimated project completion date is November 2020.
The Cumberland County Fire Department has been awarded an Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Department of Homeland Security. The grant will be used to replace the department’s self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The total grant amount is $628,771. The federal share of the award is $571,610 while the local match is only $57,161!
The County’s current SCBA are 15+ years old and are considered obsolete by FEMA standards. The SCBA is a vital part of the equipment for a firefighter. This respiratory protective equipment allows a firefighter to breath clean air when extinguishing fires and searching for victims in IDLH (immediately dangerous to life and health) environments. These environments include but are not limited to: Smoke; produced by building fires, vehicle fires, etc., Heat, Gasses such as carbon monoxide and flammable heating gasses, and fully encapsulated Level A chemical protection suits. Without SCBA, firefighters would not be able to enter these environments to save life and property.
The County applies for these types of grants often to help reduce the burden on local taxpayers for purchase of these expensive but necessary pieces of equipment.