A more infectious strain of the COVID-19 virus, known as the Delta variant, is on the move in Tennessee. The state’s health department has counted about 20 cases so far, concentrated in Shelby County.
Being designated a “trauma center” allows a cascade of lucrative reimbursement. HCA has pushed to have more of its hospitals named trauma centers — and it’s not slowing down.
Republican lawmakers are threatening Tennessee health officials with defunding their department if they don’t curtail what they see as marketing the COVID vaccine to children. The saber-rattling arises from a state memo explaining how teenagers could legally be vaccinated without parental consent.
Heightened demand for cars has their assembly lines running full tilt, but automakers are unsure how hard to push reluctant workers to get vaccinated.
Hair stylists and barbers are notorious confidantes. So much so that a new Tennessee law, passed during the pandemic, will soon require them to recognize signs of domestic violence.
Nashville is using its latest $5 million allocation of COVID relief money to fund health outreach teams. They’re not doctors or nurses, but rather liaisons and educators known as community health workers.
Whistleblowers who worked for Avalon Hospice accuse the agency of knowingly enrolling patients who weren’t going to die within six months, as hospice rules suggest, and concealing evidence that would force them to repay Medicare. Their accusations have now led the U.S. Attorney and the Tennessee Attorney General to get involved.
The owner of HatWRKS in Nashville is apologizing for trying to sell yellow badges shaped like the Star of David to protest political pressure to get the COVID vaccine. But her backpedaling only came after hat makers, including the Stetson brand, announced they would no longer work with the Nashville store.
Tennessee has no plans to join the states offering financial incentives to stoke interest in COVID vaccinations, even though they’re showing some promise elsewhere.
Nashville’s COVID vaccination effort is now in the “following crowds” phase. And it turns out, some events have been big successes, while others have totally flopped.