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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

Shelby County lags state in vaccine distribution, according to state data


Data from the state department of health appears to show Shelby County lagging behind the rest of the state in COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Local health officials say those numbers are relative and, while there are clear areas for improvement, we’re on the right track. “We’ve initiated a vaccine program that’s never been done before in… Read More

New research for AstraZeneca vaccine suggests delaying second shot by months, not weeks

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Researchers said the vaccine was 82 percent effective after 3 months in between doses compared to only 55 percent effective when the doses were given six weeks apart.“We have more vaccines and they’re all going to have little nuances associated with them,” said Dean Scott Strome from the UTHSC College of Medicine. “As we understand… Read More

Mid-south doctors fear COVID-19 cases could spike as UTHSC says contagious variant is now in Shelby County

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“From my perspective, it’s 100% for sure,” Dr. Scott Strome with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center said.That’s how confident those with the UT Health Science Center are that the highly contagious, UK COVID-19 variant strain is now in the Memphis area. Scientists discovered the sample Monday at UTHSC’s regional biocontainment lab, one of… Read More

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

New CDC study shows COVID-19 rapid tests aren’t as accurate for asymptotic patients

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COVID-19 rapid tests are quick, easy and give you results in minutes, but they may not be as accurate if you don’t have symptoms. “You can’t just take a rapid test and say ‘Oh I don’t have COVID.” said Dean Scott Strome, UTHSC College of Medicine.  

Frayser breaks ground on first community garden

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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center partnered with the city of Memphis to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to a community commonly seen as a food desert. “It’s not just that there is a lack of food, but the produce may not be as good,” said Scott Strome, UTHSC. “Having folks know where their… Read More

COVID-19 preventive measures result in low flu activity, officials say

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The Shelby County Health Department says during the final six weeks of 2019, the Tennessee Department of Health laboratory tested more than 1,924 flu samples. These samples were sent in from hospitals around the state. But during the last 6 weeks of 2020, the state lab only tested 4 samples. “Tennessee if I remember right… Read More