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Tennessee back on COVID watch days after state of emergency ended, doctors say

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Tennessee is back under COVID-19 surveillance as cases in the north begin to reappear and parts of Tennessee see community spread that goes beyond the state.

Many are hoping this could be the year things get back to normal around the Thanksgiving table. But as families prepare to come together, COVID lifts its head.

“We must be very vigilant on Covid because Covid has not disappeared, it is still transmitted, fortunately not yet, unlike some, the northern states, we have not seen a substantial increase, but we are no longer going down, Said Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Recent data from the Tennessee Department of Health showed northeast Tennessee to exceed COVID infections statewide. Ballad Health in eastern Tennessee has seen an increase in the number of patients infected with the virus.

“I am concerned that Covid will continue to be driven by people who are not vaccinated,” Schaffner said.

Tennessee’s COVID positivity rate is nearly 14% in the past seven days. “I think we feel more comfortable traveling to get together as a family,” Gilmore said.

Doctors say it could take some time before it returns to the pre-pandemic period. “I think we should always be careful, especially those of us like me who have gray hair, people with underlying illnesses of one type or another that predispose them to serious illness – careful, careful and vaccinated is the way to overcome this. holiday season, ”Schaffner said.

Just under 50% of Tennessee’s population is fully vaccinated with widely available injections and boosters.


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