National Guard called to assist COVID-19 fight in Clarksville

Tennova Healthcare Clarksville, like many hospitals in Tennessee, has seen an escalation in the number of COVID-19 inpatients being treated, according to Sandy Wooten, director of marketing and public relations for Tennova.

In just the past few weeks, the emergency department has seen increases, Wooten said in an email on Monday.

“Currently, we are caring for 69 COVID-positive inpatients and many patients with other medical conditions,” Wooten said. “Capacity changes throughout the day are based on patient admissions, discharges and staffing.”

Tennova remains prepared for patients who are diagnosed with COVID-19 and other medical needs, according to Wooten.

“Given the increasing volume of patients needing care, we have made a request to the National Guard for additional resources,” Wooten said. “{span}Our request for additional support from the Tennessee National Guard is still pending.”{/span}

Due to the high volume of patients, hospital officials are asking asymptomatic individuals who want a COVID-19 test for return to work, or school or because of possible exposure to COVID-19, to visit another site.

“Our ER team needs to remain focused on addressing medical emergencies and treatment,” Wooten said. “If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please come into the ER for a medical screening examination. Triage is used to prioritize the order in which patients are seen in the ER. Individuals who are experiencing acute symptoms will be top priority.”

Alex Villa, CEO of Tennova Healthcare in Clarksville said, “We want the community to know that it is critical that those who are having a medical emergency [be treated] and to not delay care. We are here to serve those that need medical attention.”

Villa also stressed the importance of getting vaccinated as soon as possible.

“Vaccination remains the best strategy for reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” Villa said.

COVID-19 numbers in Montgomery County

On Tuesday, September 14, the State of Tennessee reported 29,355 total cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, with 276 deaths reported. There are 2,705 active cases. 

There have been 469 hospitalized victims of the disease and 26,374 people have recovered from it.

CMCSS COVID-19 numbers, mask mandate 

According to data reported by Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools, on Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Health’s records indicate that currently, 2,082 students are absent for COVID-19 exclusions of which 260 are self-reported positive cases.

For CMCSS employees, there are 87 positive cases and 162 employees are on COVID-19 related leave.

On Tuesday evening, the school board voted to implement a face mask requirement for students and employees indoors when physical distancing is not possible, beginning Monday, September 20 and continuing through the first formal board meeting in January of 2022.

Parents and guardians may opt their child out of the mask mandate. Employees will also be given the option to opt out.

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