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Overall overdose numbers down in Mid-South, but deaths remain consistent

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 Overdose numbers in Mid-South states are down from last year. In Tennessee, for example, the state’s Department of Health’s March 2022 report on overdoses, the most recent report they have, which is both fatal and non-fatal, showed roughly 600 less people OD’d than that time last year, 1,834 to 2,421. 2021 was a record-setting year for… Read More


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Tracking omicron: A look inside a Shelby County sequence testing lab

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The work is on to identify any cases of the omicron variant in the Mid-South. States are relying on sequence testing to spot the variant, and one of the most robust programs is in Memphis. Scientists doing sequence testing in Shelby County are looking at about 20% of all positive COVID-19… Read More


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Local hospitals send letter to mayors calling hospitalizations a crisis (Video)

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, along with emergency department directors and the chief of the fire department sent an urgent warning to several Mid-South officials regarding hospitalizations in the area.  


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5 Star Stories: Henry Turley restoring glory to shuttered sections of the Bluff City

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In every direction in downtown Memphis, as far as the eye can see, is an archway, rafter, or balcony touched by real estate developer Henry Turley. He’s the man behind a Memphis comeback story for the ages: the late 1970s and 80s revitalization of downtown Memphis. The real estate pioneer took Action News 5′s Kontji… Read More


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Executive order gives Tennessee parents power to bypass masking in schools

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Tennessee parents who don’t want their children to mask up in the classroom can opt out of mask mandates. Governor Bill Lee issued an executive order Monday, Aug. 16, and now parents, politicians, and physicians are sounding off about it. Republican state lawmakers wanted Lee to call a special session to talk about getting rid… Read More


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UTHSC to conduct vaccination outreach in 6 rural counties

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The University of Tennessee’s nursing school has received a grant to conduct COVID-19 vaccination outreach in six rural counties. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College (UTHSC) of Nursing will use the funding to help improve vaccination rates in Benton, Fentress, Hardin, Lawrence, McNairy, and Wayne counties. August 10: Daily Advent August 10: WMC… Read More


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Back-to-school task force releases recommendations

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Amidst the recent COVID-19 surges in Shelby County, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) have updated their back-to-school recommendations. The two organizations make up the back-to-school task force and developed guidelines to assist schools reopening last year. With the changes that have come in the past year, they… Read More


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Childhood COVID-19 cases and deaths rise in the Mid-South as lawmakers take on mask mandates

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LeBonheur Children’s Hospital reported two more deaths of children because of COVID-19 over the weekend. Doctors there are recommending masks in schools. At the same time, one Tennessee lawmaker is showing his support in outlawing school districts from mandating masks. On Tuesday, eight children were in LeBonheur Children’s Hospital with COVID-19. Half are in the… Read More