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With 4 Days left, State Sets Record for Most Deaths in One Month due to COVID-19

On Wednesday, The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed 154 additional deaths due to COVID-19, bringing the state up to 9,316 total deaths. Tennessee is averaging 89 deaths per day during the month of January. January 27 now stands as the third-highest single-day increase for deaths in Tennessee. Four of the state’s five highest single-day increases have …

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Local COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Health Departments in the On Target News coverage area continues to book appointments for individuals in Phase 1a1, 1a2 in Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln, Moore or Rutherford counties. Plan 1b is now available in Warren and Cannon counties the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Residents can find out if they’re eligible for Phase 1a1, 1a2 …

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Rural TN Sees Surge in Child Hunger

Child hunger is on the rise across Tennessee, and advocates say in communities far from interstate highways, families are struggling to access resources. In some rural counties, there has been an increase in the number of children who are going without meals of 10% or greater. Chapple Osborne-Arnold, Tennessee deputy director for Save the Children, …

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COVID-19 Hits Franklin County Boy’s Basketball

Franklin County High School Athletic Director Don Rhoton has announced that head coach Mike Holt of the Rebels boys basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to the diagnosis the games set for Friday at Tullahoma and Saturday at Grundy County have both been scratched for the Rebels boy’s team. The Rebelettes squad will …

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Local COVID-19 Active Cases on Downward Trend

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 4,483 additional cases and 86 deaths related to COVID-19 across the state for Wednesday, January 20. 8,556 Tennesseans have died from COVID-19. The state reported 2,653 people are currently hospitalized in Tennessee due to COVID-19. ICU Bed availability is at 8% with only 168 beds available. Area active cases/deaths: Bedford 340/90 …

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More Contagious Strain of COVID-19 is beginning across the Country

A more contagious strain of COVID-19 could sweep through the country and become the dominate variant of the virus by March, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new and more transmissible strain is called SARS-CoV-2 known as B.1.1.7. Hospitals already struggle to staff personnel needed to treat current …

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Gov. Lee Signs Medicaid Waiver, Despite Stern Opposition

Gov. Bill Lee has signed a resolution authorizing major changes to the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare. Critics warned the move could lead to healthcare cuts and reduced coverage for vulnerable populations. The Medicaid waiver, greenlighted by the federal government and approved by the Tennessee General Assembly, is the first of its kind in the country, and …

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Tennessee Department of Health says Two Coffee County Medical Workers dealing with Board Action

A Manchester pharmacy technician accused of drug diversion has voluntarily surrendered her license and a Tullahoma physician assistant is also guilty of unprofessional conduct, according to a monthly report from the Tennessee Department of Health. Manchester Pharmacy Technician Sabrina Gilliam is guilty of drug diversion. Gilliam has voluntarily surrendered her license, according to the department …

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New Features added to State COVID-19 Website

The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee’s Unified Command Group have added new features to the COVID19.tn.gov website to make it easier for users to find county-specific information and request an appointment for COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID19.tn.gov website provides a simple tool for Tennesseans to find their phase in Tennessee’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. Updates to this tool …

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Sunday Jan. 17, 2021 COVID-19 State and Area Update

The Tennessee Department of Health has confirmed 4,474 additional cases and 36 deaths related to COVID-19 across the state for Sunday, January 17. Tennessee is up to 8,391 total deaths.  The state reported 2,699 people currently hospitalized in Tennessee due to COVID-19. ICU Bed availability is at 9%. Last week, Tennessee reported 651 COVID-19 deaths. The week of January …

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