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CMCSS vaccinates 500 teachers through clinic, COVID-19 cases continue dropping

CLARKSVILLE, TN (CLARKSVILLE NOW) – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has vaccinated 500 of its teachers in the last week, while active cases of COVID-19 in the surrounding community continue to decline.

This week, the school system’s clinic expects to receive around 700 more doses, as vaccine retail and pharmacy accessibility expands throughout the county. There are about 5,100 employees in the school system.

CMCSS vaccinates its own

CMCSS’ Onsite Employee Health and Wellness Clinic received 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine last week, and began its process of internally vaccinating teachers through the clinic on Friday.

Vaccines were administered Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and Monday from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m. All appointment slots were filled, according CMCSS Chief Communications Officer Anthony Johnson

“Onsite will communicate with employees about the anticipated 700 additional vaccines after the delivery date and other details are confirmed, which should be in the next day or two based on last week’s timeline,” Johnson told Clarksville Now.

The clinic receives a weekly update about how many vaccines it will be allocated, but has not received any information about coming allocations. Johnson said they expect similarly sized allotments moving forward.

Despite the vaccines being offered internally, CMCSS teachers can still go anywhere they choose to receive the vaccine.

Cases dropping

Even through February was only 28 days long, the active COVID-19 case count drop was significant: Only 1,563 new cases were reported during the month in Montgomery County, versus the 4,101 cases reported during January.

On Monday, the county had only 354 active cases. Seven weeks ago, the county had 2,091.

According to the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Information dashboard, 7.19% of Montgomery County’s population has received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 4.2% has received both doses.

Despite the drop in active cases, officials in Montgomery County are wary of lifting restrictions and extended the mask mandate through March 27.

How to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Clarksville-Montgomery County is now in Phase 1b of the vaccination process, meaning individuals 65-plus, teachers, staff members of kindergarten through 12th grade schools, pre-school teachers and staff, and childcare facility personnel can get the COVID-19 vaccine from here on out.

Phase 1b also includes first responder operations personnel – such as administrative staff, dispatchers, communications staff, and other first responders without significant direct public contact.

Health Department: To register for a vaccination appointment online through the county health department, visit Click Montgomery County on the map, click “Make an Appointment” to register, then enter the name and contact information to be notified of the appointment date, time and location as soon as the vaccine becomes available.

Individuals who do not have access to the internet should call 866-442-5301 to make an appointment.

All other pharmacies and clinics: Visit Clarksville Now’s updated list of all the locations offering the vaccine to the public in Montgomery County, and how to register at each location.

COVID-19 numbers

Here are the Montgomery County numbers updated on the county’s dashboard for Monday, March 1:

  • 17,399 total confirmed cases since March 6, 2020
  • 354 active cases
  • 254 total hospitalizations
  • 213 total deaths
  • 103,307 total negative lab results

Here is the data from the CMCSS COVID-19 dashboard, updated as of Feb. 28:

  • No data for student active cases
  • 71 students excluded
  • 46 student quarantined
  • 447 student COVID-19 related absences
  • 7 employee active cases
  • 2 employees excluded
  • 0 employees in quarantine
  • 65 employee COVID-19 related leave

Here are the Austin Peay State University numbers last updated on Feb. 21, according to their dashboard:

  • 25 students with confirmed cases
  • 43 students in quarantine
  • 2 staff and faculty members with confirmed cases
  • 4 staff and faculty members in quarantine

How to get a COVID-19 test

Free COVID-19 testing is offered by the Montgomery County Health Department at the former Sears location at Governor’s Square Mall, located at 2801 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Drive-thru testing is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and self-administered kits are now available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Follow the signs to the drive-up testing site.

Three Walgreens locations in Clarksville offer self-administered, drive-thru COVID-19 tests. The location at 2109 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. offers the Rapid Diagnostic COVID-19 test, and the locations at 1954 Madison Street and 1460 Fort Campbell Blvd. offer the PCR Diagnostic Test. To make an appointment at Walgreens, visit their website.

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