COVID-19: Upper Cumberland Medical Society issues PSA

UPPER CUMBERLAND – The members of the Upper Cumberland Medical Society, the Tennessee Medical Association affiliate for physicians in the 14 counties of Upper Cumberland, have issued a statement on the current treatment of COVID-19. 

The statement reads as follows:

The Upper Cumberland has seen a concerning increase in the number of patients getting sick and requiring hospitalization from COVID-19. We, the physicians of the Upper Cumberland Medical Society, are asking for your help battling this pandemic.  

In this fight, our enemy is an invisible virus. Most cases of COVID-19 are spread by asymptomatic carriers or those who have not yet started showing symptoms of the virus. For these reasons, it is necessary for all of us to take precautions.  

Avoid crowded places and limit time in enclosed places. Stay 6 feet away and wear a mask or simple cloth face covering in public. Practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently. Do not go out in public if you are sick, unless you are seeking medical care.

If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough or shortness of breath, isolate yourself and contact your doctor for medical care. If your doctor recommends quarantine because you were exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19, please follow their recommendations.  

After the tragic March 3 tornado in Putnam County, our region showed its true colors. Our collective outpouring of care was an inspiring model for the nation of what it means to take care of your neighbor. With an invisible enemy like a virus, it is more difficult to stay vigilant. In March, we donated, cared, served and prayed. Now it is time for each of us to rally again. 

Take responsibility for others. Please wear a simple cloth face covering. Avoid crowds. Come together to take care of the citizens, first responders and health care workers in all 14 counties of Upper Cumberland. The Upper Cumberland Medical Society urges everyone to do your part to help flatten the curve. 

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Upper Cumberland Medical Society is an affiliate of the Tennessee Medical Association, and 35 health team professionals contributed to this PSA.

Rexford Agbenohevi MDCookeville
Dawn Michelle Barlow MD UCMS Vice PresidentRickman
James Howard Batson MD UCMS Past PresCookeville
Katherine Alice Bertram MD FACPCookeville
James W. Cates MD- TMA BOT–UCMS Past PresCookeville
Courtney Lynn Cummings MDLivingston
Roger Mackey Duke MDCarthage
Barbara M. Ebel MDSparta
Eric G. Fox MDCookeville
Lloyd Douglas Franklin MDCookeville
James C. Gray MD UCMS SecretaryCookeville
James M. Grisolano MDCookeville
Pushpendra K. Jain MDCookeville
Abhay G Kemkar MDSparta
Emily Lee FNP WHSONCookeville
Rory H. Lewis MDLivingston
Samantha E. McLerran MD UCMS PresidentCookeville
Kendall Anne Morrison MDCrossville
Fabian Ngido MDCookeville
Larry E. Patterson MDCrossville
Mark Pierce MDCookeville
Maria Teresa Ramos MDCookeville
F. Bronn Rayne MDCookeville
Richard T. Rutherford MDCarthage
Craig Saunders MD UCMS Past PresidentSparta
Algis P. Sidrys MDCookeville
Michael Kevin Smith MD –TMA Pres ElectNashville
Brent Davis Staton MDCookeville
James B. Talmage MDCookeville
Leslie Mooney Treece MDCookeville
Mark Wathen MDCookeville
Cheryl Wathen MSN APN-BCCookeville
Ty Webb MDSparta
Lisa McDonald Whiteaker MDCookeville
Charles T. Womack MDCookeville

Editors Note: James Davis McKinney MD of Cookeville was inadvertently left off the list of original signers.

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