In recent weeks, the local case count, positivity rate, and hospitalizations have been “stably bad,” according to University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) pediatrics chair and influenza pandemics expert Dr. Jon McCullers.
Publisher: The Memphis Business Journal
Until recently, Shelby County’s robust testing apparatus was something for local officials to point to with pride. Now, the county is “at or above” its testing capacity, labs are “overloaded,” and many test results are being returned after they have become “useless,” University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) pediatrics chair and influenza pandemics expert… Read More
Growing up, Dr. Alisa Haushalter weighed whether she wanted to go to medical school or nursing. Having been exposed to the work of public health nurses, she ultimately decided that was the path for her. “I have always had an interest in understanding the intersection of culture, society, and health as well as the upstream… Read More
This week, Shelby County will probably force restaurants to start closing by 9 or 9:30 p.m., according to one of the medical experts advising the county. UTHSC pediatrics chair and influenza pandemics expert Dr. Jon McCullers told the MBJ July 5 that the county will likely institute the restriction as a way to halt the… Read More
The National Institutes of Health dispensed significant dollars to colleges and universities last year. And, one local college tabulated a significant increase to fund research. The College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) moved up — from No. 20 to No. 16 — in the American Association of Colleges of… Read More
Shelby County health directives No. 6 and No. 7 — instituted on June 15 and June 22, respectively — provide more freedoms for events, restaurants, movie theaters, and live performance theaters than were allowed earlier in the phase. The changes cover most of what a move to “phase three” would have originally meant; the primary… Read More
Late last week, Dr. Jon McCullers took a look at the local hospitalization data and thought, “Welp, that looks really bad.” As can be seen in the graph below, the number of confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations rocketed on June 10, after slowly climbing the two weeks prior. McCullers — an expert on influenza pandemics for the… Read More
This shift could affect local businesses if future safer-at-home orders are more focused on at-risk populations and older Memphians, as opposed to broadly restricting commerce.