The number of patients in ICUs is near an all-time high, approaching 1,200, and health officials say they are older and sicker than early in the pandemic.
The White House plans to send more than 2 million rapid COVID-19 tests to Tennessee between now and the end of the year. And the first shipment of about 130,000 tests is expected as soon as next week.
Tennessee is preparing a COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan that could be ready for use within the next few months. This week, officials the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told governors they hope to have a vaccine as soon as November. But details are still unclear. Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey told reporters Thursday she […]
After weeks of pushback from parents, Tennessee will now make some data on school outbreaks public. The Tennessee Department of Education says it will soon launch a new dashboard with district-submitted data.
Visitations technically resumed in June, but very few facilities could meet the strict health guidelines. State officials say they’re looking for ways to relax restrictions in the coming weeks.
Tennessee parents are looking forward to sending their kids back to school, but many say they want to know more information about coronavirus cases in schools than most districts are currently willing to share.
For the second time, Gov. Bill Lee has changed his position on whether the state should release information regarding cases of COVID-19 in schools. At a press conference Tuesday, Lee told reporters the state is erring on the side of privacy.
At least four school districts in Middle Tennessee that recently reopened are now struggling with new cases of coronavirus. This has caused some of their schools to close until further notice. But Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey says that might be an overreaction.
Lee told reporters the state is working on a plan to make the information public while protecting the privacy of teachers and students.
Dr. Deborah Birx told reporters Monday that Tennessee could be in a good position to battle the latest wave of COVID-19. The White House coronavirus response coordinator said the main way to accomplish this is for Tennesseans to wear masks and the state to shut down its bars.