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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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Haushalter: goal is to have ‘tripwires’ ready tomorrow

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Alisa Haushalter, Shelby County Health Department director, said the goal is to have coronavirus tripwires ready by tomorrow afternoon. She said this will be a good way to let the public know that if we reach certain thresholds, actions will be taken.


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Pediatrician: ‘No Good Choice’ for Schools, Contact Sports ‘Not Safe at This Time’

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No good choice exists for parents of Shelby County school children heading into the 2020-2021 school year this year, and contact sports, like football, are not safe. That’s all according to Dr. Jon McCullers, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and a professor in and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of… Read More


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 Le Bonheur chief on COVID: Contact sports at school not safe for kids yet

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Le Bonheur Children’s hospital pediatrician in chief says he does not think it’s safe to go back to contact sports like football right now. Dr. Jon McCullers says we have high levels of community transmission, meaning there’s no good answer to returning to school.


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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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“There is no good answer to this” | Health experts offer suggested protocols for Mid-South school districts

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“From my standpoint, there is no good answer to this,” Dr. Jon McCullers with UT Health Science Center said. Medical experts admit there are both pros and cons – and no clear road map – as area school districts plan to start the school year with either in-person learning, virtual learning, or a mixture of… Read More