Nashville students won’t be returning to school buildings after Martin Luther King Day next week. The district began the spring semester with students in all grades attending classes online.
The Tennessee General Assembly has approved the so-called Medicaid block grant. Lawmakers spent just two days rushing it through. The House passed the agreement on Friday morning, while the Senate did so on Thursday.
Tennessee lawmakers rarely debate consequential legislation in the first few days of a session. But the General Assembly is forgoing precedent to alter how the state’s Medicaid program receives federal funding, and in the process will be altering roughly a third of the state budget before the Biden administration takes over.
WPLN News uses Tennessee Department of Health data to track the spread of the coronavirus in Tennessee. These charts are updated weekly — and sometimes more often — to show trends in cases, hospitalizations and fatalities, as well as the age breakdown of cases and deaths.
Nashville has launched a “standby list” to make sure no COVID-19 vaccine goes to waste. It’s open to anyone who can make it to the Five Points area of East Nashville in 30 minutes.
On its way out, the Trump administration is approving Tennessee’s request to completely reshape how it provides health insurance to 1.4 million low-income residents. The so-called block grant takes effect immediately and lasts 10 years, making it more difficult for the incoming Biden administration to undo it.
As Tennessee widens the eligibility for who can get a COVID-19 vaccine, many health officials statewide are mostly taking people’s word that they qualify.
Davidson County will begin vaccinating seniors over 75 this weekend, with plans for 1,200 vaccinations each weekend for the rest of the month.
Updated Wednesday, Jan. 13. Tennessee has published an interactive map with links to signup pages for each county, which have changed since this post was originally published. The map also shows which phase of distribution each county is in.
Tennessee ended 2020 with more COVID deaths than some of the worst early predictions. And those same models now show fatalities in the state could double by April 1.