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Area county health departments currently dealing with limited supply or no vaccine for COVID-19

January 19, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

According to the state department of health’s website, some counties in Middle Tennessee including DeKalb do not have COVID-19 vaccines currently available at their health departments.

Warren, DeKalb, Cannon, White, and Smith counties are among those listed for being out of the COVID-19 treatment. Putnam and Wilson counties have a limited supply of the vaccine. The website lists each county and how to make an appointment for the first doses depending on the current phase.

https://covid19.tn.gov/vaccine_phase/dekalb-county/

Meanwhile the COVID-19 related death count in DeKalb County has increased to 41.

As of Monday, January 18, DeKalb County recorded 6 new cases bringing the total number of active cases to 209.

Forty one people with COVID 19 have died in DeKalb County within the last 11 months and 45 have been hospitalized. The total number of confirmed or probable cases of COVID 19 in DeKalb County since March stands at 2,423 and 2.173 are now inactive or have recovered.

At last report, DeKalb County had the 59th highest COVID-19 infection rate among Tennessee counties (per capita) and the 1,543rd highest in the nation according to COVID ACT Now (CAN).

(Click link below to view CAN report on DeKalb County)

https://www.covidactnow.org/us/tennessee-tn/county/de_kalb_county?

Over the last seven days, DeKalb County had a case count of 79 for a daily case rate of 55.1 per 100,000 residents and the average positive percentage was 18.4%

(Click Link Below for DeKalb County Report)

https://covid19.tn.gov/data/dashboards/?County=Dekalb




DeKalb Fire Department honors its own during annual awards program

January 18, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Fire Department recognized and honored a few of its own during the annual awards program held Saturday evening in a virtual setting this year due to COVID-19.

Two of the prestigious awards went to Lieutenant Dustin Johnson, who for the 3rd year captured the Liberty State Bank Officer of the Year honor while Lieutenant Blake Cantrell was selected to receive the Allen’s Allstars “Git R Done” Award.

(WJLE will have another forthcoming story on other fire department award winners)

In presenting the Officer Award, Chief Donny Green paid tribute to Johnson for his leadership skills and community service.

“As one of our lieutenants and Fire Prevention/Safety Officer, Dusty Johnson continues to grow in his leadership skills and does a tremendous job leading, planning, coordinating, and scheduling free smoke alarm installations and providing fire prevention/safety events for our community. Lt. Johnson is among the top when it comes to incident responses and training attendance. He unselfishly donates his construction skills and equipment to make improvements to our department. Lastly, he sacrifices his time for community service. As a member of the DeKalb Emergency Services Association, he played a big role in helping plan, prepare, and deliver over 500 free meals last Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Dusty also serves our community in his role as Captain of the Smithville/DeKalb County Rescue Squad and he is also an active Emergency Medical Responder with DeKalb County Emergency Medical Services,” said Chief Green.

Captain Jay Cantrell then praised Lieutenant Blake Cantrell for his “Git-R-Done” commitment to the department.

“Lt. Cantrell continuously shares his technology skills and goes well beyond his required duties as Lieutenant and Communications Officer. He is always willing to take on new projects, stays on task, and is always prompt. He prioritizes training and call response while still doing all these extra things that makes our department better prepared to serve and respond. With his excellent information technology skills, Blake has gone above and beyond by maintaining our security equipment, text messaging system, radios, pagers, and computers, and installing video cameras in our county-wide fleet. As for community service, it would be hard to find anyone more involved in our community. Blake is a former President of the DeKalb Emergency Services Association (DESA) and has led many community service projects including the Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve meal preparation and delivery projects where over 500 meals were delivered on each occasion. Blake demonstrates the model of a “Git-R-Done” firefighter,” said Captain Cantrell.

Wilson Bank & Trust was the headlining sponsor of the program.




The DeKalb Animal Shelter is seeking a home for “Tom” (View video here)

January 18, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb Animal Shelter has a cat named “Tom” available for adoption.

“Tom is about 8 months old. He has already been neutered and is up to date on his vaccinations. Tom is super friendly and has some beautiful markings down his back and side. He loves people and other cats. Tom is playful and will even get in your lap and give you kisses and hugs. We need to find him a good home preferably one with children because he would love to play with kids,” said Shelter employee Emmaly Bennett.

“We are still open by appointment only. Go to our website //www.dekalbanimalcoalition.org/ and look for the adoptable pets. You will see Tom’s picture there. Fill out an application and we will call you to set up an appointment to come in and meet him. His adoption fee is only $45 because our Friends organization has sponsored him,” Bennett said.

Meanwhile, if you need pet food for your cats and dogs be sure to stop by the shelter Friday, January 22 from 8 until 12 noon during a food pantry sponsored by the Friends organization. Please stay in your vehicle and someone will bring the food to you.

For more information call 615-597-3647 or send a message on facebook or email.




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