The number one priority of Williamson County is the safety and well-being of our patrons and employees. In light of guidance from the CDC and public health authorities, until further notice, the following guidelines will be used:
• All Recreation Centers are closed until further notice.
• Outdoor parks and amenities will remain open for use. Hours of operations will be from Daylight to Dusk. We encourage patrons to practice social distancing of at least six feet when using these outdoor parks and amenities.
• In an effort to prevent community transmission, WCPR is cancelling all organized programming and non-essential gatherings at all Recreation Centers and Parks until further notice. This includes youth and adult sports, group fitness programs, scheduled activities, facility rentals, and special events.
Williamson County Emergency Management Agency Moves to Activation Level 3: Partial Activation
In accordance with the Williamson County Emergency Operations Plan,
the Williamson County Emergency Operations Center has moved to a Level 3: Partial Activation.
At this activation level, the Emergency Operations Center is staffed with key personnel needed to manage the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the State of Tennessee. The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA) has 5 levels of activation, with level 5 indicating normal operations within the County.
Staffing for Level 3 activation has included WCEMA and emergency support coordinators from the Williamson County Health Department, Williamson County Government, City and Town partners, as well as private sector partners. A Level 3 Activation event or incident is one which requires close attention to evolving events by emergency services and other key personnel to ensure public safety and the continuation of key services.
The Williamson County Emergency Operations Center has been working with City, County and private partners to facilitate briefings, plan for future operation periods, and document the current status of the County related to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declared by the State of Tennessee.
Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson stated, “We continue our preparations, as a whole community, to work together in an effort to handle COVID-19 impacts to Williamson County. It is important that we all work together to ensure that our neighbors have the resources they need. We can accomplish this by checking on our neighbors by phone or in a manner that is consistent with social distancing recommendations, staying home when we are sick, and staying informed by accessing credible sources. ”
WCEMA is working very closely with the Williamson County Health Department to gather and disseminate pertinent information regarding its current operations and reporting requirements to the State Health Department.
“The health department is currently offering COVID-19 assessment at our Franklin and Fairview locations for those who are at high risk, symptomatic, or don't have a medical home” reported Williamson County Health Director Cathy Montgomery. “Most people - particularly those with mild or no symptoms - do not need to be assessed as supplies are limited.” Additional testing supplies have been ordered and are expected soon. Mrs. Montgomery also added the health department is only providing essential services at this time in an effort to focus on following the guidance provided by public health authorities and mitigate the effects of COVID-19. “We encourage our patients and others requiring services, to call the health department for more information.”
In an effort to provide a way for Williamson County residents to receive Coronavirus impact information in a consistent and convenient manner, Williamson County Emergency Management has launched an opt-in text service for Williamson County Coronavirus updates. To opt-in to the text update service, individuals can text keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.
Williamson County Emergency Management has also developed a page on its website with specific information regarding Coronavirus impacts atwww.williamsonready.org/Coronavirus
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.