March 29 Update: Confirmed cases now in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, and Lincoln counties

On Sunday at 2 p.m. the Tennessee Department of Health reported that the four counties that surround Moore County all now have confirmed COVID-19 cases. Moore County is one of just 21 Tennessee counties to have no confirmed cases.

Today, the state number of confirmed cases jumped by 164 to 1,537 – an 11 percent increase. The state raised the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to seven.

Here’s a summary of the this week’s events:

MONDAY | The state confirms a case in Lincoln County. Franklin County confirmed a case the previous day. The City of Tullahoma issued a Shelter at Home order and declared a state of emergency.

TUESDAY | Tullahoma walks back their Shelter in Place order and lifts their curfew. The number of cases increased by 52 but less than one percent of the state population have been tested. Still no confirmed cases in Moore, Bedford, or Coffee counties.

WEDNESDAY | Wednesday’s cases spiked to 784 and the Tennessee Department of Health also confirmed a case in Bedford County. Three of the four counties surrounding Moore County now have COVID-19 cases.

THURSDAY | State numbers continue to inch near the 1,000 mark while Moore County continues to be one of the few Tennessee counties without a confirmed case.

FRIDAY | COVID-19 numbers in the state broke the 1,000 mark with the total of new cases now at 1,203 according to the Tennessee Department of Health. With 85,356 cases the U.S. becomes the epicenter of the pandemic.

SATURDAY | Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee confirms that Coffee County now has its first confirmed case. This means that all four counties surrounding Moore County – Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, and Lincoln – all have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

State cash assistance to needy families is live now

STATE NEWS — The program we told you about earlier in the week goes live today.

The Tennessee Department of Human Services now offers monthly cash assistance to Moore County families adversely affected by COVID-19. The program, which is called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Emergency Benefits, offers cash assistance from $500 to $1000 per household depending on size. Benefits will be available for up to two months.

To qualify, a family must have children in the household, be at or below the eighty-fifth percentile of the state media income, and be able to show they been impacted by COVID-19. Documentation will include birth certificates, tax returns, school attendance records, or other documentation that verifies that children live in the household.

To apply for the program, click here. •

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Small Town, Big Coronavirus Rumors: FEMA sets the record straight

Telephone. Telegraph. Tell a friend. In small towns like Lynchburg … and now with the help of social media … word seems to travel fast … especially in these uncertain times.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed a special webpage recently called Coronavirus Rumor Control, so we thought the newspaper might help you separate fact from fiction with their help.

1 | Myth: A national lock down is coming. Truth: According to FEMA, there is no national lockdown.  As with all information online or shared via social media, it is important to verify the source of the information.

2 | Myth: FEMA is deploying military assets. Truth: FEMA doesn’t have military assets. According to the agency, “Like all emergencies, response is most successful when it is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.  Each state’s governor is responsible for response activities in their state, to include establishing curfews, deploying the National Guard if needed and any other restrictions or safety measures they deem necessary for the health and welfare of their citizens.”

3 | Myth: I need to stockpile supplies. Truth: It’s better for everyone if you only buy what your family will need for one week at a time. FEMA reminds citizens that, “many families may be unable to buy a supply of food and water for weeks in advance. Consumer demand has recently been exceptionally high – especially for grocery, household cleaning, and some healthcare products. Freight flows are not disrupted, but stores need time to restock.”

4 | Myth: The government will soon be sending each of us $1000 checks. Truth: According to FEMA, the U.S. Government is not mailing checks in response to COVID-19 at this time. Anyone who tells you they can get you the money now is a scammer. It’s important that you only trust information coming from official sources. The Federal Trade Commission recently provided more information about this scam and other common COVID-19 related scams on their website.

5 | Myth: Only those over 60 or with existing health problems are at risk. Truth: It is an unfortunate rumor that only people over 60 years of age are at risk of getting this disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), those at higher risk include older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions. However, symptoms can range from mild to severe with and may have different complications for each individual. The CDC has a list of COVID-19 symptoms you may experience. Please continue to follow the official information from the CDC. So far in Tennessee, four cases have been under the age of 10 and 20 cases from persons aged 11-20. The highest number of cases in the state are individuals between the age of 21-30 … 122 cases in total as of Saturday.

To stay updated on the latest myths versus facts according to FEMA, visit the Coronavirus Rumor Control page by clicking here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Positive COVID-19 case in Sewanee

COVID-19 update

SEWANEE — A Grundy County pre-school announced Thursday through a public statement that the parents of one of it’s students recently tested positive for COVID-19. This is the closest confirmed case to Moore County since the global pandemic began.

Grundy County Mayor Michael Brady also confirmed the cases in a video announcement on the GRUNDY 1st public Facebook page.

Both parents of a student at Sewanee Children’s Center tested positive. The couple own residences in both Davidson County (where there are 75 confirmed cases) and Grundy County. According to Mayor Brady all person suspected to have contact with the parents are now being tested or are in self-quarantine. He went on to state that the couple has not been back to their Sewanee home since March 5. •

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One County, One Call: New Metro department launched during COVID-19 pandemic

LOCAL NEWS — We’re all in this together. It’s in that spirit that Metro Moore County launched a new department aimed at helping our citizens through the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this week, the Metro Mayor’s office, Metro Emergency Management, and Metro Sheriff’s Department announced a new public number to address any unmet needs in our community.

It’s for all Moore County citizens but especially for the elderly and health compromised among us. It’s for things like shopping for a specific grocery item, rides to essential appointments like doctor’s visits, or a wellness check on a friend or neighbor. They can also help with special medical equipment or other needs.

The new number is 931-307-6508. It’s currently manned seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also an answering machine for after 4 p.m. calls. Mayor Lewis reminded citizens that all emergency calls should still be routed to 9-1-1. The Metro Sheriff’s Department also has a non-emergency line 931-759-7323 to report crime.

If you are willing to volunteer or donate services, click here to fill out a simple online form. If you have questions, call Mayor Bonnie Lewis’s office at 931-759-7076.•

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Air Force flies 500,000 COVID-19 test kits from Italy to Memphis

MEMPHIS — The United States Air Force quietly flew in 500,000 swabs used to test for Coronavirus from Italy to Memphis International Airport this week, according to the website Defense One, who originally reported the story.

“There’s multiple parts to testing,” Air Force Brig. Gen. Dr. Paul Friedrichs, the Joint Staff surgeon, said at a briefing. “The first is the swabs that are used to collect the sample from the individual who’s being tested, then there’s a liquid … that you put the swab into. That’s what we brought over from Italy.”

Memphis exists as a major Fed Ex hub and flying them there will help the tests more quickly arrive at their final destination. The Pentagon said that it’s just one example of the cooperation happening between countries to stop the spread of the COVID-19. To read the complete Defense One article, click here. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, the Lynchburg Music Fest, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}