UWSC Coronavirus Updates

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 4:47pm -- webmaster

The following updates have been provided by United Way of Sumner County partner agencies, partner businesses, and other local organizations. The latest announcements are added to the top of the list as they are received.

3/18/2020, 2:30 p.m. - Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce
Per an email from the Hendersonville Chamber, "Until further notice, our office will be closed to visitors. We are happy to serve you by email, phone, and virtual meetings at this time. Please give us a call. We are here for you!"
3/18/2020, Noon - From Hendersonville Samaritan Association
The Hendersonville Samaritan Association is closing its thrift store thru March 28th as we are trying to limit contact with customers and clients. We plan to re-open on the 30th if all goes well. Employees will still be working changing from winter to summer and deep cleaning and some etc. whatever that may be.

The help center will remain open, but we will be setting appointments for interviews, again to limit contact to protect clients and staff. We will try to do a lot of phone interviews, but will still be following normal procedures with the exception of trying to limit direct contact.

3/18/2020, 10 a.m. - From Westmoreland Food Bank
The Westmoreland Food Bank is still open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 AM until noon. We have moved our operation outside in order help protect both clients and volunteers. 

We will be having a drive-through mobile pantry on Friday March 20 at 9am but there will be no interaction between clients and volunteers.

3/18/2020, 10a.m. - From Grace Place Ministry
Our Annual Faith, Hope, and Love Luncheon Celebration that was scheduled for April 16th is being rescheduled for 
July 9th, 2020. We appreciate your patience through all the changes and hope you'll join us in July to celebrate our 5 year anniversary and all the Lord is doing through Grace Place. Event details can be found at 

Please join us in prayer over our national and local leaders and for every individual, family, organization, business, and our economy as we still focus efforts on the devastating tornado impacts here locally... AND come together as a community to make sure we all do our part in "flattening the curve" in this pandemic.

I will keep saying it.. the Lord is doing something HUGE right now... for HIS glory! Take heart and wait!!!

In Christ, Desnéige VanCleve - Executive Director

3/17/2020, 4 p.m. - From TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center

To date, TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center has not had any confirmed cases of COVID 19. TriStar Hendersonville has protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we have been working diligently to ensure we are prepared for potential patients who may test positive for COVID-19. 

The hospital is also taking proactive steps to protect patients, staff and the community.  This includes regular communications with local and state public health officials, reinforcing infection prevention policies with guidance from the CDC, ensuring the hospital has appropriate supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff, and implementing screening protocols at all hospital entrances as a measure to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses. 

In addition, on Thursday, March 19, a No Visitors policy will go in effect on all of the TriStar Hendersonville campuses, including the TriStar Portland ER, TriStar Women’s Imaging and the Outpatient Center at TriStar Hendersonville. This new policy seeks to protect existing patients, hospital staff and medical providers, and to prevent the spread of potential illness to the community.  The new No Visitors policy allows the following exceptions:  one dedicated parent or caregiver for pediatric patients, one dedicated birthing or care partner for labor and delivery patients, and one dedicated caregiver for outpatient surgery and/or testing. Any additional exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

TriStar Health has developed some guidelines we hope will help our communities know when to seek care for COVID-19.  To ensure the sickest people receive care, help minimize the spread of infection and to maintain resources, we ask that members of our community adhere to the following guidance:

Stay Home
If you are worried, but don’t have symptoms, please stay home. Going to a doctor’s office or hospital adds to a higher concentration of people and further overwhelms the medical staff. 

Seek Advice
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop mild symptoms such as fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) , cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice or call Ask-a-Nurse at (615) 514-0757 or the Tennessee Department of Health COVID-19 hotline at (877) 857-2945. 

Seek Care
If your symptoms are worsening or you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain, pressure in the chest or trouble breathing, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately

3/17/2020, 11 a.m. - From Portland Chamber of Commerce

In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and our local health department & government, we will be suspending public activities hosted by the Portland Chamber of Commerce for the new few weeks.

The following events have been cancelled:
*March 24th luncheon
*March 25th Industry lunch
*March 26th Social Media class (new date TBD)
*March 31st Networking Lunch
*April 4th Census Block Party
*April 5th City Easter Egg Hunt
*All Handshakes & Hi Fives at area

We will continue to monitor the developments as they occur and will send out any updates as we have them. By limited exposure as recommended, we believe that we will be able to return to business sooner rather than later. Your safety is our priority followed by our desire to see your businesses succeed. We are working to provide unique solutions to this unprecedented time to increase exposure and minimize the impact to you and your business. If we can be of any assistance during this time, please reach out to us.


3/17/2020, 9 a.m. - From Portland CARES
As of this morning (3/17/2020), our thrift store will be closed as per the recommendations of not gathering more than 10 people. If you are still needing to purchase toilet paper, we ask that you call our store (325-7805) and we will ask you when you can be here. A staff member will meet you at the door to take your money and we will bring the toilet paper to the sidewalk for you.

Our office will continue serving families. We do ask that you call for an appointment so we don’t have our office full either. 

We are trying our best to continue to serve without causing too many problems.

Please be patient with us as this is all new to us as well as everyone else.

Thank you for your support and your patience during this time.


03/16/2020, 3:45 p.m. - From Grace Place Ministry
For the time being, In an effort to limit exposure, Grace Place won't be accepting donations at our office. Like many of you, we are still very much in need of Lysol Spray, Clorox Wipes and toilet paper. With school out and kids home more, food stamps are not always enough for our families, and some of them need help to make their food budgets stretch. If you could send Wal-Mart or Kroger gift cards to help meet these needs, we'd be deeply grateful. You can mail them to Grace Place, P. O. Box 1771, Hendersonville, TN 37077. 
As of today, our ANNUAL LUNCHEON will still take place April 16, but we are closely monitorIng the COVID-19 situation and will update the public if and when a change is necessary. We're praying for our community during this difficult time.“
Desnéige VanCleve, Executive Director - Grace Place Ministry, Inc.


3/16/2020, 2 p.m. - City of Portland


3/16/2020, 3 p.m. - Hendersonville Public Library
The Hendersonville Public Library will be closed to the general public, with the exception for anyone who has put books on hold they can come to the library and pick them up.  We will set-up our computers in the front lobby and that is where we will serve our patrons.  We will also have a customer catalog computer set-up for patrons to use to put books on hold.  My staff will all continue to work, pulling the holds, cleaning the books as they are returned and other special projects.  None of my staff will be harmed from loss of wages due to the virus.
All room reservations will also be canceled, no volunteers will be allowed in the building.  This plan will continue thru the end of March and then we will re-evaluate the current situation in Sumner County and the surrounding areas.
Thank you for your continued support it is very much appreciated.
Diane Lynn Johnson, Library Director - Hendersonville Public Library


3/16/2020, 3 p.m. - White House Area Chamber of Commerce
In accordance with recommendations from the CDC and our local Robertson County COVID-19 Task force, we will be suspending all public activities hosted by the White House Area Chamber of Commerce through April 2020. 

Discover White House and Safety Day originally scheduled for April 18 will be moved to September as will our April luncheon. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. We encourage you to take necessary precautions to ensure the health of your family, employees and customers. 

At the Chamber, we will be holding any necessary meetings remotely to ensure the safety of our attendees and staff. We will be limiting the use of our conference room temporarily as well. We are working together to navigate this time and are available to our members. 

The following links are useful resources:

By limiting exposure as recommended we believe that we will be able to return to business as usual sooner rather than later. Your safety is our priority followed by our desire to see your businesses succeed. Our staff and Board of Directors are actively working to provide unique solutions during this unprecedented time to increase your exposure and minimize the impact to you and your business.


Mandy Christenson, President/CEO

3/16/2020, 2 p.m. - From Sumer County Schools
Sumner County Schools will be closed through March 31st. Students will return on April 1st.


3/16/2020, 11 a.m. - From Sumner Regional Medical Center
COVID-19: What Sumner Regional Medical Center is Doing and What You Can Do
It probably feels as if coronavirus – or as it is officially known, COVID-19 – is all anyone is talking about these days. As COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses like the seasonal flu continue to spread across the U.S., you also may feel a certain level of concern over how this disease could affect you or your loved ones, or if your local healthcare provider is prepared to respond to any local cases that may arise. That’s certainly understandable and natural. We want to provide you with essential information outlining what we are doing to stay prepared and offer you guidance on what you can do to help protect yourself, your family and our community.

What we are doing
“Sumner Regional Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, volunteers and visitors at all times,” says Susan Peach, CEO of Sumner Regional Medical Center and Market President of HighPoint Health System. “While COVID-19 is new, effectively responding to infectious diseases is not. We have proven processes and plans in place to respond to situations involving infectious disease year-round.”


3/16/2020, 11 a.m. - From Gallatin Shalom Zone

Friends and Building Tenants,
Like you, I have watched with concern the impact COVID-19 has had on our world and country. Our city so far has had little known impact, but it may just be a matter of time before we see cases of COVID-19 in our community. Based on recommendations of health care leaders, "social distancing" or limiting interaction with each other is the best way to minimize the spike of an impact and over burden of our health care system. To this end we are making changes how we run the Shalom Zone starting today, Monday, March 16, 2020.
Every day we are treating the building, cleaning and disinfecting the door handles in and out of the building. Treating services in the building that have been touched.
The Library will be closed till further notice. Children and adults are welcome to take a book out of our “Little Library” outside the main entrance door. We are happy to provide adult and children books in the box, feel free to keep the books they are a gift from us to you and your family.
We will encourage reduced foot traffic in the building, and we are going to miss all our activities, but this is best for everyone and we are sure this is temporary.
No programs will take place and non-essential groups will not be allowed in the building.
We know this will be a big change for all of us. Our goal is to minimize contact while still serving. The health and safety of our clients and our team is of the utmost importance to us. Other changes may be needed to address changing needs. Thank you for understanding and being patient, we will get through this together.
PJ Davis, Executive Director
Union Resource Center and Gallatin Shalom Zone


3/16/2020, 11 a.m. - From Senior Citizens of Hendersonville
Thankfully there are no confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our community, and more in particular at the Hendersonville Senior Center. However, because we serve the most vulnerable sector of the population, our seniors, we MUST take their safety and well-being very seriously and will be acting with an abundance of caution, for the safety of not only our seniors, but also of our volunteers and staff. Better safe than sorry! Therefore, the decision was made Friday afternoon that we are cancelling ALL ACTIVITIES/OPERATIONS in our building until AT LEAST April 1st. That includes all evening and weekend activities. We realize this may be an invonvenience for some, but our seniors are our main concern. Please check back with us on Facebook, as we will be posting updates as they become available. Thank you for your understanding!


3/16/2020, 11 a.m. - From Mental Health America of the MidSouth
COVID-19 Worry May Develop into Clinical Anxiety - Here are mental health tips to cope with aspects of a physical virus.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the number of cases of COVID-19 increase, so does the associated anxiety. In fact, some normal worrying has actually shifted to clinical anxiety.
“For the general public, the mental health effects of COVID-19 are as important to address as are the physical health effects. For the one in five Tennesseans who already have mental health conditions, we need to take personal, professional, and policy measures now to address these real symptoms and conditions,” said Tom Starling, CEO of Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA).

3/13/2020, Noon - From Gallatin Senior Citizens Center
Our Board of Directors has decided for the safety of all our seniors and staff to close The Gallatin Senior Center thru March 31.  They will have a board meeting on March 31 and at that point determine if we can reopen or not starting on April 1st. We have notified our staff, posted information on our Website and Facebook page and will be sending out a voice connect message to our active roster of members to notify those who are not here today as well. Beverly Stovall, Director