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COVID-19 Testing Time Change Beginning Feb 8

UPDATE from Cumberland County Health Dept:


 COVID-19 Testing @ Complex TIME CHANGE

Beginning Monday February 8, 2021

NEW TIME: Monday through Friday, 10:00am until 1:00pm

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays – self-testing for those over 18 yrs with access to smartphone and email.

Tuesdays and Thursdays – testing assisted by Cumberland County Health Department employees for all age groups.

Vaccine Scams Surface

via THE TENNESSEE DEPT OF HEALTH:

They have received communications from several citizens regarding scams in Tennessee communities concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please be aware, and talk with senior loved ones who may not be on social media about vaccine scams!

 

TDH Adds New Online Waiting List Tool for Vaccine

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee county health departments are now booking appointments for people in Phase 1 populations of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and those aged 75 and up who wish to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tennesseans can follow a simple, three-step process to learn when they’re eligible for vaccination and register for a vaccination appointment:

1. Find Your Phase

Tennesseans can find out what phase of the vaccination plan they’re in by visiting https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.

2. Find the Phase Your County is Vaccinating

To learn what phase your county is vaccinating, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/.

3. Register for a Vaccination Appointment

People who are in a phase currently being vaccinated in their county can register online at https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/ for an appointment time to receive a vaccination through their county health department. Click your county on the map and then click “Make an Appointment” to register. Those who register will be asked to enter their name and contact information to be notified of their appointment date, time and location as soon as vaccine becomes available.

“We’re excited to begin this process to help deliver this vital service in the most efficient way possible while managing the limited and somewhat unpredictable supply of vaccines,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP.

The COVID-19 vaccines currently in use require two doses for the best protection against the virus. People who receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at a county health department will be contacted to make an appointment to receive their second dose of vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine supply is still limited, and Tennessee counties may progress through COVID-19 vaccination phases at different times, depending on supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. Tennessee county health departments will announce additional opportunities for residents to receive vaccinations as vaccine supplies become available, and as the county moves to new phases of the vaccination plan.

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.

TDH reminds all Tennesseans that in addition to vaccination, wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance and getting tested when exposed or sick are critical to controlling the pandemic.

The Tennessee Department of Health updated the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Dec. 30. COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19. Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan is available online at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccination_Plan.pdf. Find answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/COVID-19_Vaccine_FAQ.pdf

Restaurant Recovery Program

Message from The Biz Foundry:

‘The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many industries, but none have experienced more immediate effects than the food and beverage industry. Restaurants and food service businesses have especially faced challenges ranging from restrictions, employee safety and health, supply chain disruption, and more. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of the Restaurant Recovery program, a new program produced in partnership with The Biz Foundry, TSBDC, Cookeville Chamber of Commerce, and Cityscape.’

 

‘The Restaurant Recovery program, powered by Proof, is a 4-week virtual course for owners and operators of restaurants and foodservice businesses with a focus on stabilization and growth. The course covers everything from navigating regulations, how to build and improve your financial foundation, marketing to your customers, human resources, and more.’

 

Visit https://www.thebizfoundry.org/recovery/ for more information and to apply! The deadline is Wednesday, January 6th!

Cumberland Co. EMS Acquire Four Lifesaving LUCAS Devices

Cumberland County Emergency Management Services is excited to announce the purchase of four LUCAS devices for their EMS crews. These devices were budgeted at $15,000 each for this fiscal year. “As mayor, one of my focuses has been improving Emergency Services in the county. This current years’ approved budget shows the Cumberland County Commission has a similar interest. We are excited to get these purchased and in service,” said Mayor Allen Foster.

A LUCAS device is a lightweight mechanical chest compression device that delivers high quality, guideline-consistent chest compressions for cardiac arrest patients. This device is very helpful in situations such as patient movement, transporting, and prolonged CPR. The LUCAS device not only presses down on the chest, it also pulls up on the chest which pulls blood back into the heart to obtain better blood circulation. The push-pull system allows for a complete recoil of the chest to ensure the blood can build up pressure that is essential to keeping the brain functioning.

According to EMS Director, Chris Miller, “This device will improve our department’s efficiency tremendously. CPR is tiresome work and rescuers trade out every two minutes to off set fatigue and to maintain good compressions. Having this LUCAS device frees up emergency personnel to provide other critical lifesaving procedures.”

Cumberland County Fire Receives Grant!

The Cumberland County Fire Department was recently awarded a $1,600 grant from Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Utility District’s Project Hometown Help Program.

The Cumberland County Fire Department used this grant money to purchase 93 Carbon Monoxide detectors. Lowe’s of Crossville matched this grant and donated another 93 detectors for a total of 186 Carbon Monoxide detectors.  Thank you to Middle Tennessee Natural Gas and Crossville Lowe’s!!

Pictured left to right:  Lowe’s Assistant Manager Bob Paup, Middle Tennessee Natural Gas Office Manager Amanda Schubert, and Cumberland County Fire Department Captain Mike Findley