CROSSVILLE – Thursday, the state of Tennessee notified the Cumberland County Health Department of the first documented case of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, in Cumberland County. Additional details have not been released.
Cumberland County Mayor Allen Foster says he has full confidence in the ability of our local health care providers, both private and public, to handle the medical needs of Cumberland County, and wants 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, Cumberland County has already taken steps to help slow the spread.
Foster emphasized that the health of the public and the county employees is top priority. 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.
The public may be able to have questions answered or transact their business on the phone, by mail or online. County offices are there 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 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 with everyone reminded to practice social distancing.
Foster added, “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 public 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.”