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Strain found in Shelby County is UK variant, UTHSC says

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A highly suspicious sample of COVID-19 found in Shelby County is the UK variant strain B.1.1.7, according to University of Tennessee Health Science Center officials. The sample was sequenced in the regional biocontainment lab on campus and has been sent to Nashville for confirmation. “The hamburger is already made; they are just putting a little… Read More


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Third day goes smoothly at Appling vaccination site

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The big metal letters on the normally vacant building at 2355 Appling City Cove read “Motor Vehicle Inspection. ”But the volunteers in orange T-shirts and lab coats Friday, Jan. 29, were focused on drivers and passengers in the lines of cars going through the six bays at what was once a city auto inspection station.


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UTHSC widens opioid study to add focus in Frayser

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The pandemic has muted what the public hears about the still-raging opioid crisis, its desperation and deaths hovering like a silent virus. In Shelby County, 416 people died of opioid overdoses in 2020, 73 more than in 2019, itself a record year.  


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McGowen on COVID vaccine: ‘Send us as much as you can’

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When it’s time to vaccinate school-age children and their teachers across Shelby County for the COVID-19 virus, teachers will be the first to get the vaccine.


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Health Dept. will issue Health Directive No. 17 on Jan. 20

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The UK variant by mid-March could be the most dominant strain in the nation. Locally, scientists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are sequencing the virus identified by processing labs as looking similar to the UK strain.      


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Where, how you live matter when it comes to COVID-19

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There are a few things to know about Charisse Madlock-Brown before you know she is working on one of the biggest clinical databases in medical history. Of course, it’s COVID-19 related. And it’s come together in less than a year. She skipped her senior year of high school in Iowa City, Iowa, to start college… Read More


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Equity already issue in who’s getting vaccine; so is missing data on race

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Shelby County and counties across the nation are charged with making sure the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed equitably. Early numbers suggest the process is flawed, or at best, the basic reporting system needs work. Nearly a month after immunizations started in Tennessee, only 3.8% of the shots (9,349 doses) statewide have been given to Black… Read More


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What will history say about COVID vaccine delivery, administration?

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Dr. Manoj Jain, an infectious disease expert in Memphis, recently said of COVID-19: “Inescapable …. you will either get the disease or get the vaccine.” As we near the one-year mark of the pandemic, the early days of the vaccine rollout have been uneven. Perhaps it was naïve to expect anything different. Perhaps this, like… Read More