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Counties with the lowest hospital bed capacity in Tennessee

The deployment of vaccines beginning in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the pandemic. By Feb. 2, more Americans had been vaccinated for COVID-19 than had been infected. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came. More than 80% of these cases by late July were caused by the Delta variant, which is more contagious than the original virus. This has resulted in growing rates of community transmission and—especially in areas with lower vaccination rates—increasing rates of hospitalization and death.
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MTSU Raising Awareness: Mental Health Wellness and Suicide Prevention Fair 2021

Story and Photos by Bren Jackson | Contributing Writer. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In recognition of this, Middle Tennessee State University Counseling Services hosted their annual Mental Health Wellness and Suicide Prevention Fair on campus. The event took place Sept. 22 inside the Student Union from 11...

Couple denied COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment at Tennessee hospital

A Sumner County couple said they were denied monoclonal antibody treatment at Sumner Regional Medical Center in August. The monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 has been gaining popularity for several months. On the heels of this, the Tennessee Department of Health is recommending those who are not fully vaccinated should be prioritized for the COVID-19 treatment.

Tennessee health departments roll out Pfizer booster doses

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — Beginning Friday, Sept. 24, the Tennessee Department of Health is offering booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. According to the health department, those who receive the booster must meet the following criteria:. 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings. Those aged 50-64 years...

HCHD to Administer Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots by Appointment Only at the Tennessee Riverpark beginning Sept. 27

Pfizer Primary Series Doses 1-3* Continue to be Offered Without an Appointment. The Hamilton County Health Department will begin administering the Pfizer COVID-19 booster shot to eligible persons by appointment only at the Tennessee Riverpark beginning Monday, September 27, 2021. “The Health Department will begin rolling out Pfizer booster shots...

COVID-19: Over 8.4 Million Vaccines Have Been Distributed to Tennessee. This is How Many the State Has Actually Given Out

It has now been 40 weeks since the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine were sent out to states, kicking off the largest vaccination campaign in human history. As of September 23, 469,561,625 doses of the vaccine have been sent out across the country — equivalent to 143.1% of the U.S. population. While the initial […]
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Vaccinated Tennessee residents lose access to monoclonal antibody treatments

New guidelines from the National Institute of Health and the Tennessee Department of Health recommend doctors prioritize unvaccinated patients for treatment due to their risk level. But as patients wait in long lines, doctors say supplies are running dangerously low, forcing them to turn away people who may desperately need treatment. NBC News’ Antonia Hylton reports.Sept. 23, 2021.

TDH reports 437 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths in NE Tennessee on Friday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Tennessee Department of Health reported 437 new COVID-19 cases, four new deaths, and 520 new inactive/recovered cases in Northeast Tennessee on Friday. Vaccinations. As of today, 222,996 people, or about 44.1% of the total population, in Northeast Tennessee are fully vaccinated. There have been 7,567...

TN Supreme Court Justice dies after battle with cancer

NASHVILLE (WSMV) - Tennessee Supreme Justice Cornelia A. Clark passed away overnight after battling cancer. She was first appointed to the Supreme Court in 2005 by Governor Phil Bredesen and was reelected in 2006 and 2014. She also served as Chief Justice from 2010 to 2012. “Justice Clark was a...

Regional TN health departments changing COVID-19 test hours

The Northeast Regional Health Office announced that local Tennessee health departments will change their COVID-19 testing hours beginning September 27th. Health Departments affected include Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi, and Washington Counties. These departments offer COVID-19 PCR drive-through testing. The testing hours will change to Tuesdays and Thursdays only between 8:30 and 9:30 AM. Self-testing kits are also available at all local health departments during normal business hours.

TN Department of Health Offering Booster Dose of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health will begin offering booster doses of COVID vaccine to certain populations, beginning Friday, September 24. A single dose booster of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can be administered for individuals who met these criteria:. • People 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings...