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The 901: Omicron surge brings familiar challenges to Memphis-area businesses


Good morning, Memphis, where a future state bill could potentially let city first responders live anywhere — ending a debate among Memphis City Council members.

But, first, as the new COVID-19 variant omicron surges through Shelby County, bringing numerous cases, a familiar set of challenges comes to businesses and institutions whose employees face the public regularly.

New COVID-19 testing site opens

Omicron and the other variants have resulted in a soaring demand for COVID-19 testing throughout the nation, including Memphis.

To combat in increase in demand, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and partner University Clinical Health will operate a new testing site Monday through Friday, our Laura Testino reports.

The site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Van Vleet Building at 3 N. Dunlap St.

“The university has a responsibility, as it has from the beginning of the pandemic, to do whatever it can to assist in protecting the health and welfare of the citizens of our community,” said Ken Brown, executive vice chancellor and chief operations officer for UTHSC.

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