Sumner County Mayor Anthony Holt has extended the county’s emergency declaration until April 2, his office announced on Friday.
Both Holt and Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary issued declarations of emergency on March 20 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Clary said on Friday he plans to extend the city’s order for another seven days later today.
Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown issued an emergency declaration on March 17. She has since extended that declaration.
As of Friday morning, 43 Sumner County residents had tested positive for the respiratory disease. Statewide that number is at 957, according to the Tennessee Department of Health.
“The COVID-19 virus has generated a worldwide challenge that we must face in order to protect ourselves, our families and our world,” said Holt. “It has been our goal in Sumner County to remain ready and prepared to battle this pandemic and the challenges it has presented. With this Declaration of Emergency, I am asking citizens to continue to stay at home and limit exposure to others.”
Holt urged residents to isolate themselves as much as possible and only buy what is needed.
Sumner County will continue running essential government functions, he added, but urged residents to conduct county business by phone or online if at all possible.
Holt issued a “Safer at Home” Declaration on March 23 – a day after Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order that, among other things, prohibits social gatherings of 10 or more people.
Sumner County Health Department Director Hal Hendricks announced to city and county leaders via email on Thursday a campaign to encourage residents to stay home and share their “stay home experiences.”
“We know that folks are likely beginning to get antsy and there is a fear that once their seven or 14-day stay at home is over, they will think it’s acceptable to return to everyday life,” wrote Hendricks. Hendricks said the department is launching the campaign in an effort to encourage residents to stay at home and keep Sumner County’s COVID-19 numbers “from rapidly growing.”
Leaders are encouraged to use the hashtag #StayHomeSumner on social media and encourage their followers to share their stay at home experiences.
“Let’s spread the #StayHomeSumner message faster than this virus so we can get Sumner #BackToBusiness sooner than later,” Hendricks added.