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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.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

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

Library2Go Updated to Improve Service at Main Library

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We have had an overwhelming response to our Library2Go curbside service and are adjusting to the demand. In order to alleviate some of the congestion on our phone lines, we want to ask patrons not to call to let us know when they are here in the parking lot.  Please pull up along the sidewalk at the entryway.  We are putting up signage so you will know where to stop. Library staff will be at the door to take your name, go back inside to put your items on the Library2Go table, then step back inside so you can retrieve them.

Free masks will be on the Library2Go table too, courtesy of the Williamson County Health Department and the State of Tennessee.

Updated Library 2 Go service*:

Hours:
Monday-Tuesday, 9-5
Wednesday 9-1 and Thursday-Sat, 9-5

1. Call us at 615-595-1277 to request up to 10 items per family or to pick up your item(s) currently being held on the hold shelf**.

2. Staff will find the items and check them out to you.

3. Staff will call you to let you know when your items are ready for pickup and to come to the Main Library in Franklin from 9-1 and 2-5, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday plus 9-1 on Wednesdays.

4. Staff will instruct you to drive up to the front door where they will take your name.

5. Staff will go inside, get your bag and put it on the “Library 2 Go Pick Up” table between the sliding glass doors. Your checkout slip will be in the bag with your books.

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

8. Return items such as books, dvds and audiobooks may be put in the outside return book drop.

*Your Library account must be in good standing with not more than $3 in fines and no overdues. Staff will discuss when you call if this is a barrier to service.

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

 

We currently are not able to place holds and route books via the courier. If there is a book you want at one of our branches, you can contact them to request it and pick it up curbside at their location. Our Nolensville, Fairview, & College Grove Branches are operating their curbside service from 10-4, Monday-Friday. Beginning Tuesday, May 12, our Bethesda & Leiper’s Fork Branches will be running their curbside service from 10-4, Tuesday-Friday.

This service is “use at your own risk.”  For your own safety, we recommend wearing gloves when picking up your items.  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.

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

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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.

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

COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Sites Relocated Due To Increased Community Turnout

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD), in partnership with the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA), have relocated the COVID-19 drive-through testing locations to the Williamson County Agricultural Center at 4215 Long Ln, Franklin, TN 37064. The location change was due to an increased community turnout for testing.

On Saturday, April 18th the Department performed 663 COVID-19 tests during the state-wide testing event at the Franklin Clinic.

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Testing will be available at the Agricultural Center at the following times:

  • Monday, April 20th – 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 21st through Friday, April 24th – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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.

“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,” said Cathy Montgomery, County 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.”

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

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

 

Coronavirus Testing Drive-Thru

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389 Drive-thru image

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering drive-thru Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389

COVID-19 DRIVE-THROUGH TESTING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR WILLIAMSON COUNTY SATURDAY, APRIL 18TH

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department is hosting COVID-19 drive-through testing events for the community April 18, 2020. Nurses and/or National 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.

“Anyone with health concerns, or who has concerns about the health of a family member, is invited to come to one of these locations this weekend to receive testing for COVID-19,” said Cathy Montgomery, County 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.”

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389 Drive-thru image

TN Department of Health and the Williamson County Health Department are offering drive-thru Covid-19 Assessment and Testing. Available at the Franklin and Fairview Clinics Monday to Friday from 9a-3p and Saturday, April 18 from 10a to 3p in Franklin only. Franklin Clinic, 1324 West Main Street (615) 794-1542 Fairview Clinic, 2629 Fairview Blvd (615) 799-2389

Sample collection for testing will be offered at the following locations and times in the Mid-Cumberland Region:

Saturday, April 18th, 2020

Dickson County: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Dickson County Health Department, 301 West End Ave., Dickson

Montgomery County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Montgomery County Health Department, 300 Pageant Lane, Clarksville

Robertson County: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Robertson County Fairgrounds, 4635 US-41, Springfield

Rutherford County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rutherford County Health Department, 100 West Burton St., Murfreesboro

Williamson County: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Williamson County Health Department, 1324 West Main St., Franklin

Wilson County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Wilson County Health Department, 927 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Sumner County: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Gallatin High School, 700 Dan P. Herron Drive, Gallatin

Tennessee’s Coronavirus Public Information Lines are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., CDT daily at 833-556-2476 or 877-857-2945.

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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Williamson County Emergency Management has provided a Coronavirus website to utilize for up-to-date local information. Individuals can also text keyword WCCOVID to 888-777 to opt-in to text updates or call the Williamson County COVID-19 Public Information Line at (615) 590-4880 Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Williamson Ready’s Coronavirus Prevention

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Find information about what is happening in Williamson County, prevention advice from the CDC, updates from the Tennessee Department of Health, and more:  http://www.williamsonready.org/266/Coronavirus-Disease

Partnership is key to prevention and mitigation of COVID-19

All Williamson County Residents Urged to Take Preventive Measures

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The Williamson County Health Department is working in partnership with other local, regional and state officials to implement prevention and mitigation strategies for local communities based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by state leadership.  Williamson County has a local preparedness plan for pandemics that is practiced at least once a year, and this plan is the basis for the county’s response to COVID-19. Local leaders are making decisions based on the needs and best interest of Williamson County citizens.

“We’re working to ensure that everyone in Williamson County that has a clinical picture consistent with COVID-19 can be tested,” said Cathy Montgomery, Williamson County Health Department Director.  “We need all Williamson County residents to join the effort to prevent further spread of this illness in our communities.”

It is important to note the testing process for COVID-19 is not like that of something like a rapid flu test, with results provided on the spot. Testing for COVID-19 is conducted in the laboratory, so tests themselves are not distributed to health care facilities. Rather, health care providers take samples from their patients and submit them to a laboratory for testing.

Many health care providers can assess patients for COVID-19 and collect samples to submit for testing.  People who have concerns about their health should contact their regular health care providers, who can assess their risk and determine if they should be tested.  People who don’t have insurance and have concerns they may have symptoms of COVID-19 can contact the Williamson County Health Department for consultation and to talk through potential options for assessment.

Most people, particularly those with mild or no symptoms, do not need assessment for COVID-19. Public health authorities are prioritizing testing of people in high-risk categories:  contacts of confirmed cases; people in occupations with exposure to large numbers of contacts; health care workers; nursing home residents; severely immunocompromised patients; critically ill patients; pregnant women; and people who have traveled to areas with high case counts.

Anyone concerned about their health should first contact their regular health care provider.  If you feel you need treatment, call the health care provider or facility first, so they can arrange for your arrival if you need to come in, and can accommodate you while reducing risk of exposing other people to illness.

There are lots of things everyone in Williamson County can do to help flatten the curve and reduce the impact of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand rub) for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing or sneezing
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm or a tissue
  • Clean and disinfect objects (e.g., cell phone, computer) and high touch surfaces regularly

Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease.  It’s extra important for people in these groups to take actions to reduce their risk of getting sick with COVID-19:

  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed

For a list of assessment sites, please visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

For additional information, please visit www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.htmlwww.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

 

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