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Infection rate spikes in Haywood County

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A University of Tennessee Health Science Center study using Harvard University data shows Haywood County has the highest percentage of new, daily COVID-19 cases by population in the Memphis metro area. Also: WMC-TV  


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Shelby Co. health officials optimistic despite large spike in COVID-19 cases

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“We are seeing a slight slowdown in the case count as well as in the hospitalizations,” said Dr. Amik Sodhi, UTHSC Critical Care Physician. UTHSC Critical Care Physician and Chief Medical Officer for the COVID-19 overflow hospital in Memphis, Dr. Amik Sodhi, says she hopes the positive trends continue and the overflow site can remain… Read More


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Chief medical officer of Memphis COVID-19 overflow hospital working to prepare for potential activation

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The $51.3 million alternative care facility remains on standby but Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group could send word to open it at any time if the region’s hospitals become overwhelmed. The facility’s chief medical officer said as we move into late summer and fall that good hand hygiene, social distancing, and mask wearing… Read More


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Health officials discourage use of ‘daily’ positivity rate in COVID-19 testing analysis; Awaiting governor’s order on contact sports

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The positivity rate from tests reported Thursday to the Shelby County Health Department appeared to be 53 percent, but officials said delays in lab processing are impacting those numbers. Of 610 tests reported, 326 results were positive.


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Tenn. health commissioner, Memphis doctor team recommend in-person learning

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A critical debate rages on about whether to open up schools for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Tennessee commissioner of health weighed in as important information was revealed by doctors during a local COVID-19 digital symposium.    


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UTHSC doctor on city-county task force answers COVID-19 questions

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 A Mid-South doctor who is a key player in the Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force answered questions for us Tuesday on the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it’s having on the Mid-South. Dr. Jon McCullers, the chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University… Read More


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Doctor with UTHSC, task force gives update on COVID-19 response

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We talked with a Mid-South doctor who is part of the Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force to answer some questions about the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it’s having on the region. Dr. Jon McCullers the chair of the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University… Read More


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Close friend of John Lewis shares memories from over the years

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A man known for getting into “Good Trouble”, John Lewis was arrested more than 40 times during the height of the Civil Rights Movement. Congressman Lewis is mentioned many times at the National Civil Rights Museum. A close friend of Lewis’ tells WMC Action News 5 Lewis was proud of the progress he saw over… Read More