The City of Piperton wants to reassure its citizens that it is staying updated on the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and associated best-practice procedures recommended to mitigate its spread. In an effort to do its part to protect the health and safety of its residents and employees, we encourage residents to read the information below concerning the virus and the accompanying graphics that give an overview of steps you can take to protect yourselves.
What is Coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a family of viruses that can transmit between hosts. The coronavirus currently discussed in media is known as COVID 19 (novel coronavirus disease 2019). This virus can be transmitted through hosts by close contact (6ft or less) or through respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing). Symptoms may present between 2-14 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with someone that has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have recently traveled to an area with widespread community exposure to COVID-19.
How can I prevent Coronavirus?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
What To Do if Exposed?
If you know or believe that you have been exposed or in close contact to the COVID-19 virus, please click here to see recommended procedures for Isolation and Quarantine times.
“Close contact” is defined as:
- You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
- You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
- You had direct physical contact with a person with COVID-19.
- You shared eating or drinking utensils with a person with COVID-19.
- A person with COVID-19 sneezed, coughed, or got respiratory droplets on you.
While the vaccine supply is limited, it is necessary to prioritize who gets the vaccine, with people who are at highest risk of getting the virus or becoming seriously ill receiving the vaccine first.
Tennesseans can follow a simple, three-step process to learn when they’re eligible for vaccination and register for a vaccination appointment:
1. Find Your Phase
Tennesseans can find out what phase of the vaccination plan they’re in by visiting https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/eligibility/.
2. Find the Phase Your County is Vaccinating
To learn what phase your county is vaccinating, visit https://covid19.tn.gov/covid-19-vaccines/vaccine-phases/. Click your county on the map.
3. Register for a Vaccination Appointment
Residents who are in a phase currently being vaccinated can register online at https://covid19.tn.gov/vaccine_phase/fayette-county/ for an appointment time to receive a vaccination through the county health department. Those who register will be asked to enter their name and contact information to be notified of their appointment date, time and location as soon as vaccine becomes available.
Residents that do not have access to the internet or a computer may contact the local Fayette County Health Department by phone at (731) 421-6782 for scheduling assistance when you are in phase to receive the vaccine.
It is important for our community members to continue to follow guidelines and recommendations provided by Gov. Bill Lee and his economic recovery group as well as our county officials and the CDC.
If you would like to see updates from the Fayette County Mayor, please click here.
State of Emergency
A state of emergency for the City of Piperton was declared by the Mayor on March 24, 2020 and initially continued until March 30, 2020 and thereafter extended every seven (7) days until the pandemic commences as permitted by Tennessee law.
City Offices are Open
City Offices fully reopened to the public on June 8, 2020. Visitors must wear face coverings while on the premises and follow CDC guidelines regarding social distancing and hand-washing during their visit.
Although residents will be able to pay bills or conduct other City business in-person, many city services remain available online or by phone. Staff encourages residents to use online options before considering a visit to any City Office. Information is available on the City’s website, www.pipertontn.com, and also by phone, http://pipertontn.com/Directory.aspx.
City Public Meeting Policy
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at City of Piperton public meetings, including any advertised public hearings, will be limited in accordance with state, federal, and CDC guidelines for public gatherings until further notice. Any citizen wishing to speak during the public comments invitation or on a matter for which a public hearing is advertised, has the option of submitting a written statement to the City Recorder by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the City Recorder, P.O. Box 328, Collierville, TN 38027 or dropped in the drop slot located at City Admin, 3725 Hwy 196 S, Suite B, to the left of the front door. Submitted statements will be read into and made part of the record at the public hearing in lieu of making a statement in person.
Attendance at City of Piperton public meetings is limited to 25 individuals, including commission members and staff. Temperature checks will be required for all visitors, along with the use of a protective face mask.