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When government leaders began to pepper their warnings about COVID-19 with phrases such as “social distancing,” “flattening the curve” and “self-quarantine,” those expressions quickly … more
The Tennessee Department of Health announced it would be adding a number of new statistics to their daily updates, but one number is growing in addition to confirmed cases: … more
Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks on Tuesday endorsed Gov. Bill Lee’s “Safer at Home” executive orders, and urged all local residents to comply with the full set of explicit guidelines.Both orders … more
Lorrie Jean Hall Britt, 67, of Cleveland, and formerly Chicago, Ill., passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020.  more
James “Jim” Gavlenski passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at the age of 67.  more
Jonathon J. Rinckey, 45, of Dunlap, died today, April 1, 2020, at his home. more
Johnny Vance Smith Jr., 56, a resident of Cleveland, passed away on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his home in Cleveland. more
Vicki Gayle Thurman, of Cleveland, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, March 30, 2020. more
Volunteer Behavioral Health responds to COVID-19 to support community Volunteer Behavioral Health detailed its systemwide strategy today for managing the coronavirus threat while prioritizing their commitment to treating community members. The response includes implementation of public health guidelines, a new health screening process for client visits, and increased use of telehealth options. The Volunteer leadership team has been closely monitoring the novel coronavirus and holding daily meetings to continually adjust their service delivery in light of new information. Their response has been carried out in alignment with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS), the Tennessee Association of Mental Health Organization (TAMHO), Your local County Health Department, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. “We have been prepared for flu outbreaks and other illnesses through the groundwork of both of our active risk and assessment, safety, and quality and compliance technical advisory groups,” said Phyllis Persinger, chief operating officer of VBH. “While COVID-19 is unique, our proactive response plan was designed to be comprehensive and to take every precaution to keep clients, employees, and our communities safe.” Implementation of public health guidelines Through internal communications and signs posted throughout every center and facility in the VBH system, both staff and the public are continually reminded to follow the latest public health recommendations. These include washing hands with warm water for at least 20 seconds upon arrival to and after leaving a location, washing hands after coughing or sneezing, and to always cover a cough or sneeze with the crease of the elbow or a tissue. Another tool put into place is actively practicing and promoting social distancing. Where possible, employees have been sent home to work, lobby seating arranged to keep 6 feet between clients at all times, and all face-to-face meetings and trainings cancelled to slow the spread of the illness and keep people illness-free. Additionally, centers immediately implemented an increased cleaning protocol including removing items such as magazines and toys from lobbies, and sanitizing all frequently used surfaces such as door handles, lobby chairs, and countertops. more
Experts predict that child abuse will increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Bradley and Polk Counties has transitioned to training new … more
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