COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION


We understand the importance of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) epidemic.  Please use caution when out in public and abide by the steps recommended to help prevent the spread of the Virus. 

Current Vaccine Eligibility
The Trousdale County Health Department has expanded the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include anyone 16 and older. However, since the department only offers the Moderna vaccine, anyone between the ages of 16 to 18 will need to find a site that offers the Pfizer vaccine which is authorized for use in individuals 16 and older. To find a site, visit https://vaccinefinder.org/.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral assistance
Starting in April, we will provide financial assistance for funeral expenses suffered after January 20, 2020. To learn if you are eligible to apply: http://fema.gov/.../coron.../economic/funeral-assistance/faq


CDC Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People
On Monday, March 8, 2021, the CDC issued new guidelines for anyone that has been fully vaccinated.  People are considered fully vaccinated:
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If it has been less than 2 weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

When to Quarantine

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

What You Should Do

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19

For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

Reopening Of Businesses
Governor Lee and the Economic Recovery Group have allowed restaurants, retail and gum businesses to reopen.  The guidelines have been posted online at https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html.

Trousdale County Health Dept Assessment Site
541 East Main Street
Hartsville, TN 37074
615-374-2112
Hours: 8:00 AM-4:30PM (Monday-Friday)

Beginning Monday, January 11th, Trousdale County will be testing at the Trousdale County Health Department from 8:30AM-10:30 AM. This is done to allow our staff to prioritize vaccinations.

The COVID-19 self-tests will be offered to adults on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On these days, public health staff members at each TDH COVID-19 testing site will provide self- testing kits to adults who wish to be tested. Individuals will remain in their vehicles while completing paperwork and collecting their samples. Health departments will submit the samples for testing.

Adults tested with the new self-tests will register and receive their results online. The self-tests are not approved for use in children under age 18. Children and adults unable to register online can still receive the standard nasal swab COVID-19 tests on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Test results may be available within 72 hours of arrival at the lab, depending on the volume of tests the testing lab receives. Information will be provided to participants at testing locations on what they can expect after being tested. This information is also available online at www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/documents/cedep/novel-coronavirus/TestedGuidance.pdf.

COVID-19 testing is widely available in Tennessee from local health departments and other health care providers. A map of COVID-19 testing sites across the state is available at www.tn.gov/content/tn/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html. Hours of operation and contact information are provided for each site






For more information, please visit the websites below.
Executive Orders Issued By Gov. Lee
Governor Lee's Daily Media Updates
. Governor Lee provides a daily update Monday through Friday at 3:00pm Central Time.

To stay informed of the latest information, please visit the County's Facebook page using the Facebook symbol at the top of this page, or visit the Trousdale County Emergency Services Facebook page.


Unemployment
If you or someone you know has lost their job due to the coronavirus pandemic and you want to file a claim for unemployment, please visit: https://www.tn.gov/workforce/covid-19/employees.html

The American Job Center in Hartsville will be closed to visitors, but will still be providing assistance to apply for unemployment via telephone or electronic means. The phone number is 615-680-3450.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS




Illustration: washing hands with soap and water   Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
 Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home  Avoid close contact

 man in bed

 Stay home if you’re sick
 woman covering their mouth when coughing  Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
 man wearing a mask  Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
 cleaning a counter  Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.