BCSO getting state grant to fight COVID-19

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Posted 5/20/20

Funding to help deal with the financial impact of COVID-19 is being made available to municipal and county governments across Tennessee, including Bradley County.

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BCSO getting state grant to fight COVID-19

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Funding to help deal with the financial impact of COVID-19 is being made available to municipal and county governments across Tennessee, including Bradley County.

On Monday, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office received $41,405 in Department of Justice grants to respond to the public safety challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to a DOJ news release, U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey of the Eastern District of Tennessee announced the grant, which is available under the Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding program, authorized by the recent stimulus legislation signed by President Donald Trump.

The Justice Department is moving quickly, awarding grants on a rolling basis and aiming to have funds available for drawdown as soon as possible after receiving applications.

“As this country continues to fight COVID-19, our office remains committed to deterring, investigating, and prosecuting those who seek to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help many of the communities struggling in these trying times and provide some much-needed relief to our district,” Overbey said.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 and the public health emergency it created are sobering reminders that even the most routine duties performed by our nation’s public safety officials carry potentially grave risks,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “These funds will provide hard-hit communities with critical resources to help mitigate the impact of this crisis and give added protection to the brave professionals charged with keeping citizens safe.”

Rural hospitals 

receive grants

In another grant opportunity, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee recently announced the final distribution of $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support smaller hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19.

“Our small and rural hospitals play a critical role in their communities, providing both necessary care to patients and good-paying jobs to residents, and we’re proud to support these hospitals through such unprecedented times,” Lee said. “We’ll continue to work with hospitals across our state and the federal government to ensure hospitals have the resources they need to maintain operations and serve their communities well.”

Spread across 29 hospitals in 28 counties, the grants help smaller hospitals bridge funding gaps created by reduced patient volumes while federal funds become available. Applicants were required to demonstrate that they are actively pursuing available federal relief. Grants were capped at $500,000.

Local hospitals receiving the grants included Rhea Medical Center in Rhea County; Sweetwater Hospital Association and Fort Loudoun Medical Center, both in Monroe County; and Erlanger Bledsoe in Bledsoe County.

COVID-19 testing
continues at
health departments

The Tennessee Department of Health continues to offer free COVID-19 testing in drive-thru testing sites for county residents who feel they need to be tested. Southeast region sites are:

• Bradley County Health Department, 201 Dooley St., Cleveland;

• Franklin County Health Department, 266 Joyce Lane, Winchester;

• Grundy County Health Department, 1372 Main St., Altamont;

• McMinn County Health Department, 393 County Road 554, Athens;

• Rhea County Health Department, 334 Eagle Lane, Evensville; and

• Sequatchie County Health Department, 16939 Rankin Ave., Dunlap.

Drive-thru testing is available at these sites Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The health department will conduct nasal-swab collection for testing for COVID-19. Test results may be available within 72 hours, depending on the volume of tests that the testing lab receives

Testing is also available by appointment only at health departments in Bledsoe, Marion, Meigs and Polk counties

Residents can also receive a free cloth mask at any of these 10 health department locations.

Those who are ill should first contact their primary care providers.

Additional information about Tennessee’s assessment sites is available for each county on the Tennessee Department of Health website at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov/remote-assessment-sites.html.

Bradley County

records 84

confirmed cases

Throughout Tennessee, 18,378 cases of COVID-19 and 305 deaths have been reported. In addition, 10,969 people have recovered from the virus.

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, Bradley County has recorded 84 positive cases of COVID-19. A total of 69 people have recovered and one individual, a patient of Tennova Healthcare from Hamilton County, has died. Bradley County has recorded 2,043 negative tests.

Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:

• Grundy: 31 cases, 26 recoveries and 1 death;

• Hamilton: 377 cases, 153 recoveries and 13 deaths;

• Marion: 34 cases, 24 recoveries and 1 death;

• McMinn: 125 cases, 84 recoveries and 12 deaths;

• Meigs: 22 cases, 19 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Monroe: 51 cases, 26 recoveries and 2 deaths;

• Polk: 14 cases, 12 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Rhea: 15 cases, 7 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Sequatchie: 10 cases, 6 recoveries and 0 deaths;

Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:

• Bedford: 257 cases, 193 recoveries and 4 deaths;

• Bledsoe: 607 cases, 597 recoveries and 1 death;

• Davidson: 4,174 cases, 2,447 recoveries and 46 deaths;

• Knox: 313 cases, 263 recoveries and 5 deaths;

• Lake: 403 cases, 55 recoveries and 0 deaths;

• Madison: 162 cases, 146 recoveries and 2 deaths;

• Montgomery: 216 cases, 104 recoveries and 2 deaths;

• Putnam: 286 cases, 126 recoveries and 5 deaths;

• Rutherford: 906 cases, 391 recoveries and 19 deaths;

• Shelby: 3,936 cases, 2,542 recoveries and 87 deaths;

• Sumner: 768 cases, 358 recoveries and 41 deaths;

• Trousdale: 1,384 cases, 897 recoveries and 4 deaths;

• Williamson: 492 cases, 335 recoveries and 10 deaths; and

• Wilson: 338 cases, 201 recoveries and 8 deaths.

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