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Shelby Co. health leaders encourage COVID-19 testing as UK strain becomes leading variant

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The Shelby County Health Department continues to track variants of COVID-19 that are appearing in the county.For those who have recently tested positive for COVID-19 in Shelby County, chances are it is the UK strain of the virus.”The B117 is now the dominant strain. It’s the most commonly circulating strain in the community,” said Shelby… Read More


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COVID-19 task force discusses opening vaccines for all of Shelby County

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The Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force held a press briefing on the current COVID-19 situation and vaccine distribution. As of March 22, Shelby County hit a milestone, surpassing 90,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. Currently, Tipton County has 7,075 cases, Fayette County has 4,762 cases, DeSoto County and Mississippi have 20,245… Read More


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Investigators: Incident report details how two Memphis children received COVID-19 vaccinations

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As hundreds of eligible Shelby County residents received their COVID-19 vaccine at the old Appling inspection station on Feb. 3, two children were also vaccinated that day. An incident investigation report shows a volunteer immunized the children “because they had appointments and completed consent forms.” After the children were vaccinated, the person running the Appling… Read More


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City of Memphis prepares for influx of vaccine as another shot comes on the market

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The Midsouth is once again the center of vaccine distribution as yet another COVID-19 vaccine comes on the market. This one by Johnson and Johnson is a single-dose shot. FedEx has started shipment of the new vaccine and Tennessee could see 40,000 doses of it to start. Monday, the City of Memphis kicked off its… Read More


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Doctor with UTHSC says late second doses are still effective

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The mad dash to get an appointment for a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has left some people concerned they may miss their inoculation deadline.“So I don’t want folks getting overly stressed that they can’t get their second dose exactly on time,” said Dr. Scott Strome, the executive dean of the University of Tennessee… Read More


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Social media post spark student’s lawsuit against UTHSC

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A lawsuit was filed Wednesday by a student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. She said her actions online should have nothing to do with the work she does on campus. For 27-year-old Kimberly Diei there was no doubt that she would become a VOL to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy.… Read More


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UTHSC student sues school, lawsuit claims she was nearly expelled for her social media posts

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A University of Tennessee Health Science Center student has filed a lawsuit against the school claiming she was nearly expelled for her social media posts.According to court documents, Kimberly Diei filed a first amendment lawsuit claiming the public university violated her constitution rights. The lawsuit claims the College of Pharmacy twice investigated her personal social… Read More


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Shelby County’s public health leader recognized for communication under pressure

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For nearly a year Shelby County Health Department Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter has worked around the clock to handle the pandemic locally. Dr. Haushalter is also an associate professor of Advance Practice and Doctoral Studies for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Nursing. A part of that work is communicating the facts… Read More