Thirty-two new deaths from the coronavirus in Tennessee would have been every headline for days in March. But six months later, the rising death toll jumped on Friday with almost no attention from the public.
Just as Tennessee rolled out a plan Thursday to increase visitation to nursing homes, the federal government issued its own revised rules in responding to the improving coronavirus infection rates. And they’re not optional.
The further loosening is in response to continue improvement of coronavirus metrics. But it also comes as the city is being accused of overblowing the risk of restaurants and bars.
Tennessee will relax visitation rules for long-term care facilities starting Oct. 1, removing the requirement that the county has to have limited coronavirus spread in order to allow nursing homes or assisted living facilities to welcome visitors.
African American communities, along with those of Latinos, have suffered disproportionately from the pandemic. Meharry has been helping overcome many Black patients’ skepticism toward medical studies.
A mysterious illness related to COVID-19 is beginning to show up in Tennessee, according to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.
Coronavirus numbers in Nashville and Tennessee appear greatly improved over the long weekend. But that’s mostly because six months into the pandemic, the city and state have both made some flattering changes to how they track the data.
On Friday and Saturday nights, thousands of people packed the sidewalks waiting to get into honky tonks, where strict capacity limits are in place because of COVID-19. So on Sunday, the city closed the street to give them space for queuing up.
Meharry Medical College in Nashville announced its largest-ever financial gift Thursday: $34 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
PathGroup, which has been performing most tests for the city of Nashville, is one of nine companies that will split up nearly $130 million from the National Institutes of Health. The money, announced Wednesday, is meant to accelerate expansion of COVID-19 diagnostic testing.