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Rutherford County COVID-19 Responses

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Testing and Vaccinations in Rutherford County





COVID-19 Testing & Vaccinations have moved to
State Farm Operations Center
2500 Memorial Blvd Murfreesboro, TN 37131
*Appointments are REQUIRED for Vaccinations. Vaccine Appointment Sign Up for 1a1, 1a2 and 75+ ONLY in Rutherford County Additional vaccination dates may be added on short notice. Please check back frequently for added dates. You must be in the current phase to register for an appointment. No EXCEPTIONS. The registrations are monitored for phase accuracy.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT NO ADDITIONAL APPTS ARE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK. PLEASE CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK.


For more information, visit the Rutherford County Health Department website.


Gov. Lee Announces New COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Tool • 1-6-21

TDH Updates COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

List of Statewide Testing Sites





Free Face Masks from State of Tennessee

Weekdays
The State of Tennessee is providing free and reusable face masks to residents. You can get yours at the Rutherford County Department of Health. Visit them between 8 am and 4:30 pm on Monday - Friday to get your free face mask.
Rutherford County Health Department Website
COVID-19 Bulletin #31 on Issuing of Masks from State of TN


County Department Responses

Below are helpful ways to avoid visiting the office and helping yourself process various applications.

- Apply for business licenses online at: www.tncountyclerk.com
- Renew business licenses online at: www.tn.gov/revenue (click on tntap)
- Notary Applications can be downloaded at: www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/countyclerk - mail the application and check for $14.00 to address on the County Clerk’s page
- Marriage licenses will be processed by appointment only. Only after the couple has completed the online application at tncountyclerk.com, the couple will be allowed to enter the office for the license process at the time of the appointment. Keep in mind a marriage license is valid for 30 days. Please consider delaying the application process until closer to the wedding date
- Call for Passport processing appointment

You can always contact us by telephone or chat during office hours, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Following an order from the Supreme Court, there will be no court for the month of January, 2021, except for jail cases. Offices will be open, however, for phone calls, emails, or faxes. Please the court's website to find forms you can fill out online as well.

UPDATE: The order has been extended until March 31, 2021.

The Assessor's Office remains closed to in person visits. Please email our office at [email protected]; call our office at 615-898-7750 ; or visit our website at www.rcpatn.com.

Clients can contact the office directly to inquire about modifications to operations or for further instruction.

Rutherford County PAWS Open to General Public by Appointment ONLY Until January 11, 2021

In accordance with Governor Lee’s Executive Order 70, County Offices have been encouraged by Mayor Bill Ketron to limit employees in the workplace without interrupting essential services. Therefore, effective December 23 through January 11, Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) of Rutherford County, TN will be open to the general public by appointment ONLY.

The following operations will be modified:
• Pet adoptions and reclaims will be accepted via appointment only.
• Spay and neuter appointments are postponed at this time, and owners will be contacted ASAP to reschedule. Residents may continue to submit spay/neuter applications by email, mail or fax. Instructions can be found via the PAWS website: www.paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov/spay-and-neuter.html
• Rabies and microchip public services will be unavailable.
• The Pet Resource Desk will be closed to the public - staff will continue to accept and return calls to provide resources and tips to those in need.
• Animal Control Officers will be responding to high priority calls only at this time.

As PAWS is operating on limited staff at this time, residents are asked to contact the shelter for any inquiries by phone or email, before visiting the shelter. Please be advised that due to these changes, it is possible that PAWS will not be able to immediately take your call. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and a brief description of the reason for your call and we will return it as soon as possible. We will also be monitoring Facebook messages, but urgent concerns or questions should be directed to the shelter’s phone line.

Volunteer activities and community service programs are postponed until further notice. For the protection and well-being of our current volunteers, their activities will be postponed at this time; thus, staff will be working hard to ensure shelter pets still receive as much love and care as possible.

“PAWS appreciates the community’s cooperation and continued support during these temporary changes,” says Director Michael Gregory. “We continue to have pets that are in need of homes, and urge those interested in adopting to contact the shelter about adopting a pet.”

PAWS will continue to provide updates concerning services and operations via numerous community outlets, including the Rutherford County PAWS Facebook page. Residents may also stay up to date on special conditions of PAWS and other Rutherford County Government departments via the County’s website: www.rutherfordcountytn.gov/covid19. For any questions, please contact the shelter at 615-898-7740. View all current pets up for adoption at: www.paws.rutherfordcountytn.gov. (###)

How to Help

Find ways you can help those around you during the COVID-19 crisis.
As additional opportunities are made available, they will be added to the list.


Find ways to get help

  • Rutherford County Schools is currently providing breakfast and lunch to any child 18 and under at no charge while the district is shutdown for COVID-19. Additionally, adults will also be served for $2 at breakfast and $3.80 for lunch. Exact change is needed for payment.
    Learn More.   •   View Map of Locations.

  • Murfreesboro City Schools – CHOW Bus
    Learn More.

  • PAWS of Rutherford County has pet food available for those in need.
    Learn More.

Information for Businesses
Reopening Tennessee Responsibly (TN Pledge)
Economic Impact Payment
Learn about Employer Tax Credits

Unemployment
You can learn if you are eligible for, and how to apply, for unemployment benefits at the TN.GOV Labor & Workforce Development website

After applying, Updates are available 72 hours post filing an Unemployment Insurance claim. Once a claim is filed for Unemployment Insurance, the agency, claimant, and former employer have responsibilities that assist with its progression. While it may take up to 4 weeks for a decision to be finalized, claimant's have the ability to track their claim and review status information at their convenience. You can track your UI Claim here.

Taxes
The deadlines to FILE and PAY federal income taxes were extended to July 15, 2020.
Learn more about Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments from the IRS

Information on Student Loans
From StudentAid.Gov:
"On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers." Learn More.

Anxious about Coronavirus? Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
Learn More about this resource. Here, you can also donate, or train to be a crisis counselor to help others.


The Mid-Cumberland Regional Director for TSPN is offering virtual QPRs on Suicide Prevention.
QPR, standing for Question, Persuade and Refer, is a fact-based training on suicide prevention. During this course, they will discuss the statistics of suicide in our state, debunk myths, and learn best practices for discussing suicide with someone in your personal lives or in your professional ones. There is no background in suicide prevention required; this training is beneficial to everyone regardless of profession and past experience. There will be multiple opportunities to join virtual QPRs, but this one is open to ALL COUNTIES in the region. Sign up here through Eventbrite


MTSU offers free online mental health resources during COVID-19.

MTSU’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, housed in the Miller Education Center, and MTSU Counseling Services, inside the Keathley University Center, are both offering remote mental health resources while ongoing university precautions and the state’s stay-at-home order prohibits on-campus services.
A not-for-profit student training facility affiliated with the Professional Counseling Program in the College of Education, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services is offering online access to short video sessions on mindfulness, guided imagery and deep breathing, which can be accessed here.

Facts about FEMA’s Public Assistance program for applicable nonprofit organizations.

NOTE:
PNP must show a ruling letter from the IRS granting tax exemption under 501(c), (d), or (e) of IR Code of 1954;
or
Documentation from the state substantiating that the non-revenue producing organization or entity is a nonprofit entity organized or doing business under state law.

Emergency Phone Number: 9-1-1
Non-emergency: To report a domestic violence case, call the law enforcement agency where you live:

Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
940 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-898-7770

Murfreesboro Police Department
1004 N. Highland Ave.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-893-1311

Smyrna Police Department
400 Enon Springs Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
615-459-6644

La Vergne Police Department
5093 Murfreesboro Road
La Vergne, TN 37086
615-793-7744

Eagleville Police Department
108 S. Main St.
Eagleville, TN 37060
615-898-7770

For information on Domestic Violence help:
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center
1423 Kensington Square Court
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Office Tel (615) 896-7377
Office Fax (615) 896-1628

Domestic Violence Crisis (615) 896-2012
Sexual Assault Crisis (615) 494-9262

Tennessee's community services help line is one of the easiest ways to get help. Dial 2-1-1 and you'll get a real person who is trained to help.
Available services through TN 2-1-1 can be found here.

During the stay at home orders it is critical for our community to pay attention to the children and youth in your neighborhood and watch for the signs and symptoms of child abuse.

Emergency and Life-Threatening Situation: Call 9-1-1
Call the Child Abuse Hotline to report child abuse or neglect in the State of Tennessee: 877-237-0004
Reports also can be made online on the Tennessee Department of Childrens’ Services secure site.
Reports may also be made to the law enforcement agency where you live:
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office
940 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37129
615-898-7770

Murfreesboro Police Department
1004 N. Highland Ave.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
615-893-1311

Smyrna Police Department
400 Enon Springs Road
Smyrna, TN 37167
615-459-6644

La Vergne Police Department
5093 Murfreesboro Road
La Vergne, TN 37086
615-793-7744

Eagleville Police Department
108 S. Main St.
Eagleville, TN 37060
615-898-7770

Tennessee's community services help line is one of the easiest ways to get help. Dial 2-1-1 and you'll get a real person who is trained to help.
Available services through TN 2-1-1 can be found here.

You can call 211 or visit the Crisis Connections website if you need help accessing food, social services, or other emergency assistance.


FAQ

"Gov. Bill Lee issued the first steps from the “Tennessee Pledge,” the state’s rollout of guidance and best practices for Tennessee businesses in 89 of the state’s 95 counties to keep employees and customers safe during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The first industries to receive guidance through the plan include the restaurant and retail industries."
READ MORE.

To see State Guidelines for businesses, click here.

If you are having a medical emergency (such as severe respiratory symptoms that are impairing your ability to breathe), always call 9-1-1. If you are having symptoms but they do not rise to the level of a medical emergency, you should contact your primary healthcare provider by telephone or televisit. The Tennessee State Department of Health also has a Public Information Line at (833) 556-2476 available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. CT daily.

If you are having a medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.

If you are not having a medical emergency, you should contact your primary healthcare provider. The Tennessee State Department of Health also has a Public Information Line at (833) 556-2476 available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. CT daily.

Requirements for vehicle emissions testing are suspended until May 18, 2020. 

The Division of Air Pollution Control will update this notice with details as to when vehicle emissions testing services will be fully operational in order to resume testing in the near future.

The Division of Air Pollution Control will work to ensure that testing services are available in enough time for vehicles to be tested prior to the extended registration due date.

Please call 866-329-9632 with any questions.


Ask Non-Medical COVID-19 Questions

Notice: We are providing this form as a resource for COVID-19 related information that do not include medical related questions. For medical related questions, contact your local healthcare provider or the Rutherford County Health Department. The Health Department has two numbers, 615-898-7880 or 615-849-0347, available Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

If you have additional non-medical questions about Coronavirus/COVID-19 preparedness planning, please email us with this form and we will respond as quickly as possible.













Restaurant Status Dashboard

Find who has Take Out, Curbside, and /or Delivery and support our local businesses as they follow the restrictions set forth in Gov. Bill Lee’s Executive Order No. 17

Restaurants are encouraged to add their services. If you do not see all the available restaurants on the map, please check back as they are being added. We have opened it for submissions on 3/27/20.

Restaurants wishing to be included on the map can do so by filling out our survey.


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