It’s just a matter of time before Tennessee confirms its first Omicron case. As of Monday afternoon, three bordering states have identified cases of the new COVID variant.
Many Tennesseans are more vulnerable than ever as the omicron variant arrives. Even with 50% of the state still unvaccinated, other public health protections are unlikely to be revived to slow the spread of COVID.
A review of Nashville’s pandemic response gives the city high marks for how it handled COVID-19, but it finds room to improve coordination with the rest of the state.
Several dozen Tennessee companies and institutions that were requiring employee vaccinations will no longer be allowed to enforce such rules. The change was announced Wednesday by the state comptroller and comes in response to a pair of federal court rulings the day before.
The COVID trend lines are inching up in Tennessee again. Cases and hospitalizations are on the rise, and the effects from Thanksgiving haven’t yet been felt.
A Tennessee-based company that operates one out of every six emergency rooms nationwide has convinced a jury that its doctors in Las Vegas were underpaid by more than $10 million. TeamHealth’s case is part of a much larger legal battle against the country’s largest health insurer.
Under a new TennCare program meant for middle and upper-income families, more than a thousand Tennessee children have signed up for coverage. But a year into the state’s Katie Beckett waiver, there’s still no waiting list.
Meharry Medical College notified its students on Monday that everyone will be receiving $10,000 in cash on Wednesday, as they leave for Thanksgiving break.
Vanderbilt has received funding to study how hospitals snatched up and burned through personal protective equipment early in the pandemic. At the time, public health officials thought some hospitals were hoarding supplies, but they didn’t know who.
Tennessee’s state of emergency, which has been in place for nearly 20 months because of the coronavirus, will be allowed to expire Friday night. Gov. Bill Lee says he’s not renewing it but would consider reinstating it if the state sees future surges.