Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president of Meharry Medical College and a member of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force, joined This Is Nashville on Wednesday to answer listeners’ questions and concerns about the pandemic and how the community can better keep vulnerable people safe.
It’s a short list of pop-up and drive-thru testing centers for the weekend, but a worthwhile one to look over if you’re coming back from holidays away or planning to head out for New Year’s Eve.
Federal health officials have reduced the recommended COVID-19 isolation period from 10 days to five for people who have no symptoms. But some question whether a shorter quarantine is appropriate amid a winter outbreak. Among those most conflicted are Nashville-area hospitality workers.
At the first hearing in the case against Tennessee’s law limiting when mask mandates can be applied in schools Monday, U.S. District Judge Waverly Crenshaw extended his order that, for now, schools should continue operating as they had been before Gov. Lee signed the COVID restrictions bill into law last week.
A law that would severely limit school mask mandates has been blocked. That means, for at least Monday, students in districts that have required masks will come to school with their faces still covered.
Gov. Bill Lee has signed a new law that makes several changes to mask and vaccination policies across the state. It goes into effect this weekend, but there are already concerns about how the new state law intersects with federal requirements.