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Vulnerable Populations and Covid-19 from the World Health Organization

Vulnerable Populations and Covid-19 from the World Health Organization

Vulnerable Populations and Covid-19 from the World Health Organization

eCookbook Reviews: Cooking in Quarantine

I have always enjoyed cooking, and since we are all staying home a little more these days, it’s given us an opportunity to explore that hobby a little more. You’ve probably seen the increase in cooking on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter- all the socials. People are baking bread for the first time or showing off meals that they’ve made with ingredients in their pantry. Cooking is fun and I’m glad we’re all starting to do it more.

I decided to check out some cookbooks on READS and try some new recipes out. My first choice in cookbook was Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey’s Elegant Meals by Larry Edwards.

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This cookbook was much better than I expected it to be. Usually I am not a fan of themed cookbooks, because the recipes are typically lacking in number and quality. That is not the case here. There are a plethora of (80!) very good recipes with simple ingredients that truly sound delicious. 

The recipe that I decided to try was Abbey Country Wheat Bread. “The Protocol of the abbeys was: If you serve a soup, you must serve a bread. Because all dinners at the abbeys consisted of three courses, with one being soup, bread was a paramount dish” – Larry Edwards. I love bread. I love kneading bread. I love smelling bread. Even more than that, I love eating bread (with butter). This bread was good bread, but it is important to knead the bread for an extended period of time due to the wheat flour- it needs more kneads. It’s worth the extra effort, because this bread is tasty!

The next cookbook I decided to virtually crack open was Quick Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin.

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I don’t know about you, but I never feel like I have enough to time to all the things I need to do. So when I see the words “quick” and “recipe” together in the same title, my attention is sparked. I really thought this cookbook was great and I’m honestly considering buying it for myself after I return it to the library. The things I liked most about it were that the recipes had real, whole food ingredients, the ingredient lists were all short and easy to find, most of the recipes really were quick, and the one I made was tasty!

The recipe I chose was Penne with Spinach and Chickpeas in Garlic Sauce. It was simple and tasty, and I felt like it was pretty healthy. I used wheat pasta instead of regular penne pasta and it didn’t affect the flavor for me. I love garlic and the garlic is strong in this one! It’s also filling and sticks with you, which satisfies a complaint most people have about vegetarian recipes. If you don’t want to make it a whole meal, it would also be good as a side dish in a small amount. 

My final choice in cookbook was One-Dish Vegetarian Meals by Robin Robertson.

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To be completely honest, this cookbook wasn’t my favorite, but the recipe I made was yummy, which is really what counts. My complaint is that many of its recipes suffer from what many vegetarian recipes do: long ingredient lists, hard to find ingredients, and unnecessary substitutes. But, like I said, the recipe was tasty and that’s really what counts. 

The recipe I chose to go with was Turkish-Style Stuffed Eggplant with Walnut Sauce. It had 14 ingredients (and if you want to include the salt and pepper, then 16 ingredients), which is more than I usually use to be honest, but they all worked really well together. The dish was flavorful and satisfying. It took me about 25 minutes of prep time and about 40 minutes to cook everything. 

I feel the title of this book might be a little unintentionally deceptive. I thought based on the title of the book, there would be a lot more one-pot meals that you just throw the ingredients in one pot and cook, but they are more involved than that. That can be nice for developing dynamic flavors and falls in line with traditional cooking, but I just thought I would let you know because it may require you to dirty up quite a few dishes in the cooking process. You will be cooking in the skillet and on the oven and using a food processor for many recipes. There’s more than one pan involved in the production of these meals, but the flavor and end result definitely is worth the time you put into them.

I hope you’ll consider checking on an eCookbook in quarantine and giving it a shot! Many of them are surprisingly easy to navigate. I know it’s easy to just Google a recipe, but it’s nice to just browse a cookbook when you don’t know what you’re in the mood for and you may stumble across a new gem that is likely to become a staple in your house. 

Happy cooking,

Ashleigh

Covid-19 and Tips for Caregivers

For those living with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and their caregivers, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic presents a unique challenge. Many Tennesseans are currently not able to visit their loved ones living in memory care facilities and family caregivers with loved ones in the home may feel more isolated than ever before.

The Alzheimer’s Association stands ready to help families in the Williamson County community, and statewide, who are impacted. In addition to ​advocating for vital public policies to protect long-term care residents and workers​, the Alzheimer’s Association has also released guidelines and tips to support Tennesseans through this crisis.

If you’re a family caregiver for someone living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, these tips can help you and your loved one stay healthy:

  • For people living with dementia, increased confusion is often the first symptom of any illness. If a person living with dementia shows rapidly increased confusion, contact your health care provider for advice. Unless the person is having difficulty breathing or a very high fever, it is recommended that you call your healthcare provider instead of going directly to an emergency room. Your doctor may be able to treat the person without a visit to the hospital.
  • People living with dementia may need extra and/or written reminders and support to remember important hygienic practices from one day to the next.
  • Consider placing signs in the bathroom and elsewhere to remind people with dementia to wash their hands with soap for 20 seconds.
  • Demonstrate thorough hand-washing.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be a quick alternative to hand-washing if the person with dementia cannot get to a sink or wash his/her hands easily.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor about filling prescriptions for a greater number of days to reduce trips to the pharmacy.
  • Think ahead and make alternative plans for the person with dementia should adult day care, respite, etc. be modified or cancelled in response to COVID-19.
  • Think ahead and make alternative plans for care management if the primary caregiver should become sick.

If you or a loved one are living in a residential care facility, the Association recommends the following:

  • Check with the facility regarding their procedures for managing COVID-19 risk. Ensure they have your emergency contact information and the information of another family member or friend as a backup.
  • Do not visit your family member if you have any signs or symptoms of illness.
  • Depending on the situation in your local area, facilities may limit or not allow visitors. This is to protect the residents but it can be difficult if you are unable to see your family member.
  • If visitation is not allowed, ask the facility how you can have contact with your family member. Options include telephone calls, video chats or even emails to check in.
  • If your family member is unable to engage in calls or video chats, ask the facility how you can keep in touch with facility staff in order to get updates.

Additionally, the Alzheimer’s Association has shifted their educational and support programming to a virtual format, including recurring programs in partnership with the library. You can find a full schedule of t​hose programs here.​

And finally, remember you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association offers a free, 24/7 Helpline where you can reach a master-level clinician for support or advice. Call 800-272-3900 to get connected.

Library2Go Services Continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Library2Go Services Continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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The Williamson County Public Library System takeout service to provide library materials to patrons while the facilities are closed and with minimal interactions continues at all Library Branches except College Grove on Tuesday and Thursdays.  Our College Grove Branch will continue to offer Library2Go services Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Here’s how to use our Library2Go service* at the Main Library:

1. Hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday

2. Call us at 615-595-1277 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm to request up to 10 items per family or to pick up your item(s) currently being held on the hold shelf**.

3. Staff will find the items and check them out to you.  Please allow an hour or more for your request to be processed.

4. Drive up to the door between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm or 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

5. A masked staffer will ask for your name, retrieve your items, and place them on a table for you.  Your borrowed materials list will be in the bag.

6. Once the sliding glass  doors close behind the staff member, you may retrieve your items.

7. Returned items go in the outside return book drop.

We look forward to serving you and putting books and more in the hands of our readers.  Be well and stay safe.

*Your Library account must be in good standing with not more than $3 in fines and no overdues. 

**Items on hold prior to the “safer at home” initiative are still on hold and may be picked up.***

For your own safety, we recommend wearing gloves when picking up your items.  This service is “use at your own risk.”  Library Staff wipe down the book covers when received and wear gloves as we handle materials but we have no method for cleaning pages.

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Our goal is to maintain a manageable level of items going in and out that we can disinfect and loan with the number of staff on duty.  These guidelines may be changed based on new information during the current pandemic and/or due to the need to adapt the procedure as it is implemented.  Your understanding of the current limitations is greatly appreciated.

WCPLS Branches Reopen with Modifications to Hours and Services

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Book Reader with Face Mask

As of June 15, 2020 the Williamson County Public Library will be open for limited hours. Patrons may enter their Library Branches in Franklin, Fairview, and Nolensville Monday-Friday from 10-6 and on Saturday from 10-1. Our Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork Branches are open Tuesday-Friday from 11-6 and on Saturday from 10-1.

Our College Grove Branch will not reopen and only offer Holds-2-Go.

Holds-2-Go curbside service  has been implemented at all Library Branches. It is offered at the Main Library in Franklin, Fairview and Nolensville from 9-10, Monday to Saturday. Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork Branches offer it from 10-11, Tuesday to Friday, and  9-10 on Saturdays.

Learn more about Holds-2-Go

All patrons will have their temperatures checked with a touchless thermometer and be asked five health questions by staff before they can enter their Library Branch.  Patronage at the Main Library will be limited to 50 people per hour to ensure the ability to social distance while inside.  It is required that patrons wear a face mask in the facility until all social distancing safety measures are installed.  Some areas of the Main Library will have a smaller occupancy level due to the size of the space. 

Library patrons will have access to all public areas of the facility excluding the meeting room and Williamson Room.  It is recommended that visitors look online for their materials so they can quickly locate and borrow them.  Visits should be limited to one hour or less so that others may enter the facility.

Other changes include:

  • Patrons will exit via the Main Library Entrance and must enter via the Meeting Room to be screened by staff prior to their visit.
  • Directional signage for moving about the Library is posted on shelves and other areas.
  • Library staff are wearing face coverings.
  • Plexiglass has been installed at service desks to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.
  • 6 foot distance markers are on the floor at the service desks.
  • Staff will look up materials and provide call numbers for the public. Patrons may look for the books themselves or stay at the service while staff retrieve the materials.
  • 6-8 computers are available in the reference area for one hour increments.  Call 615-595-1243 to schedule a time. 
  • There will be a cleaning of high touch areas every two hours. 
  • Seating has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
  • Suspension of face to face services such as story times, exam proctoring, notary service, and one-on-one assistance at the computers.  Please visit the website to see what services have moved online at http://wcpltn.org
  • The train table in the Children’s Department and other interactive activities have been stored away for the time being.
  • AWE stations in the Children’s Department will be unavailable. 
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the facility anywhere.
  • Returned items must be deposited in the outside book drop. Patrons can call 615-595-1277 to make an appointment to facilitate the return of items that cannot be put in the book drop.  
  • Water fountains are unavailable.

All materials will be available and patrons should take appropriate precautions in handling items. We ask that all handled library material be left out for staff to pick up, along with all returned library items, they will be quarantined for three days prior to their return to the shelf.  

Magazines and newspapers will not be quarantined.  It is recommended that patrons use gloves in handling those items. The Library does not have gloves to provide.  It is recommended that patrons looking for magazines utilize the free Flipster  app and the Tennessee READS apps, Overdrive and Libby.  Flipster and READS can also be enjoyed on a computer.

Please visit our website for up-to-date information. The Williamson County Public Library System will continue to expand digital offerings such as virtual Facetime Live Story Times and digital Reference appointments.  Updates are also available by subscribing to your Branch’s online newsletter, https://www.wcpltn.org/277/Newsletter-Sign-Up, and by following WCPLtn on Twitter and Facebook.  Further announcements regarding changes of hours and in services will be made via these channels.

Williamson County COVID-19 Testing Site Closed for Memorial Day

The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) COVID-19 testing and mask distribution site at the Williamson County Agricultural Center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.

“Please join us in using this holiday to reflect on the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for our Country,” said Williamson County Health Department Director, Cathy Montgomery.  The health department has been using national and state guard medics and administrative personnel to assist in their testing efforts.

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution will resume on Tuesday, May 26th. Following Memorial Day, the Department will continue to provide testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

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COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Continues in Williamson County

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is continuing to offer free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution for the community on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

MASK DISTRIBUTION

Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs for those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.  Individuals do not have to present symptoms to be tested.  Masks will continue to be distributed while supplies last. 

In an effort to plan for potentially high testing turnout, large businesses recommending their employees be tested are encouraged to call the Williamson County Public Information line at (615) 595-4880. The line is operational Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are asked to provide an approximate number of employees that desire to receive a test.

WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to the  Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.htmlFind additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

Cloth Masks to be Distributed at the Williamson County Agricultural Center COVID-19 Testing Site

MASK DISTRIBUTION

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is distributing free cloth masks at the Williamson County Agricultural Center at 4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN 37064. Masks will now be distributed at the site, along with continued COVID-19 testing, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and no appointment is necessary.

Those visiting the site can opt to receive a cloth mask, a COVID-19 test, or both.  The cloth masks will be distributed on behalf of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group (UCG) and is the first wave of a larger mask distribution effort in Tennessee.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to the Williamson County Ag Center to receive testing for COVID-19 or to receive a State distributed cloth mask,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Director. “Masks and tests will be provided at no cost, and those who come to the Agricultural Center may remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

Nurses and/or National Guard medics will continue to collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.

The Franklin and Fairview Health Department Clinics will continue to provide WIC (phone counseling only), primary care services and immunizations for children. COVID-19 testing mask distribution will be provided at the Williamson County Agricultural Center. 

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VIDEO: Williamson County COVID-19 Testing PSA

Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

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Williamson County COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Continues Monday through Friday

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing for the community on Monday, May 4th through Friday, May 8th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

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In an effort to plan for potentially high testing turnout, large businesses who plan to recommend their employees to be tested are encouraged to call the Williamson County Public Information line at (615) 595-4880. The line is operational Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are asked to provide an approximate number of employees that desire to receive a test.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Health Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing may remain in their vehicles throughout the process.

Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs frothose who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume. Registration is not required.

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to the  Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

COVID-19 DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing event for the community on April 25, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center on 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

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“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County Health Director. “This testing will be provided at no cost to participants, and those who come for testing may remain in their vehicles throughout the process.”

WCHD continues to provide testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Agricultural Center. Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs from those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.

Testing at the Williamson County Ag Center

Individuals can subscribe to the  Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777. 

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

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