COVID-19

INFO AND RESOURCES:

This is the state of Tennessee’s COVID info and resource page. It includes information about testing facilities, current case trackers, education, and ways to continue to fulfill your spiritual, emotional, and mental needs.

https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html

COVID-19 Public Information number: 877-857-2945 or 833-556-2476

Available 10am-8pm, Monday-Friday, and 10am-4pm, Saturday and Sunday

GUIDANCE:

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF physically and mentally right now. Take time to practice self-care like taking walks, playing with a pet, or listening to your favorite music. It is a hard time for many people. There is no shame in asking for help. Listed below are some options for getting mental health help:

Rutherford County Guidance Center

Find a Therapist Near You

Tennessee Statewide Crisis Hotline: Call 1-855-274-7471 OR text “TN” to 741-741

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

WEAR A MASK when in public areas - it reduces the rate of transmission by 75%. Shopping is ok as long as you don't stop and talk to friends and neighbors. Ask to chat later outside of the store. Beginning the first week of May, residents in all 95 counties can head to their local county health departments to pick up a free mask.

DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. If you must touch your face, be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water prior to doing so. Practice frequent hand washing even at home.

WASH YOUR HANDS with soap for at least 20 seconds. Keep some Hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol in your car and remember to clean your phone regularly. The CDC does not recommend wearing gloves outside the home for activities like shopping.

SYMPTOMS: If you develop COVID-19 symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell, CALL AHEAD to a doctor or healthcare provider, mention your symptoms, and they will guide you. If you have chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, bluish lips or face, or potentially other life-threatening problems, go to the emergency room or call 911. It can take up to 14 days to develop symptoms to the virus and the average is 5 days. Often people do not develop symptoms at all and are asymptomatic carriers.

SEEK TESTING IF YOU ARE: (1) exhibiting symptoms, (2) you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus, or (3) you have traveled recently to one of the high-risk countries.

WHERE TO SEEK TESTING:

The Rutherford County Health Department is now offering free testing without restrictions. Monday-Friday 9am-3pm at the RCHD,100 West Burton St in Murfreesboro. Please call ahead 615-898-7880 or 615-849-0347.

One Stop Family Clinic at 2994 S. Church Street. Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm. Call ahead: (615) 900-4045.

Barfield Clinic- 2910 South Church Street, Suite B in Murfreesboro. Saturday 8am-2pm. Call ahead: (615) 895-3600.

CALL TO ACTION:

Members of the Tennessee General Assembly must focus focus on a strong and coherent COVID-19 strategy that:

- Secures money for struggling small businesses

- Provides PPE for our frontline healthcare workers

- Protects our vulnerable citizens, seniors living in facilities, auto-immune disorders, prison and detention facilities

- Provides protections for ALL workers, including guaranteed paid sick leave

- Protects the right to refuse to work under unsafe conditions and not be fired

- Authorizes mail-in ballots so voters do not have to choose between their right to vote and their safety

We also must make our data more transparent. For example, what is happening in our nursing homes here in Rutherford County? The data from the state does not reflect what is being reported on social media. Nationally, over 1.3 million seniors, disabled people, and folks receiving short term physical rehabilitation live in nursing homes, and over 16,000 nursing home residents have died and many suspected cases have gone unreported.

Nursing homes have not been prepared for dealing with COVID-19, nor have they received the guidance or support from federal, state and local authorities needed to protect their residents. Patients being discharged from hospitals and needing additional care are being admitted to these facilities in spite of widespread issues related to COVID-19.

On a personal note, having worked in long term care, there are many dedicated staff members who go the extra mile for the folks they care for everyday, in spite of low wages, staff shortages and the difficult tasks of working with frail and sick seniors!

MAKING SACRIFICES FOR THE COMMON GOOD:

For me, staying at home and wearing a mask to go grocery shopping is about loving the community I live in and wanting all of us to get through this as safely as possible! It is about respecting life and wanting to see our community thrive because people care about each other and about the common good.

I can make those sacrifices if it means healthcare workers will be safer, grocery clerks will be safer, those dedicated folks working in nursing homes will be safer, and that nursing home residents nearing the end of their lives can have peace. I want all those folks in essential services to know we have their backs and will do what we should to protect them!

Staying home and wearing masks is not about fear, it’s about love!

#CommonGood