Tennessee Coronavirus Cases
As of May 31, Tennessee reported 23,006 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Of these, 364 has resulted in death and 15,300 have recovered. Davidson County has the majority of cases with 5,130 reported. Shelby County was second with 5,068, and Trousdale County with 1,395, was third.
Source: Tennessee Department of Health
Nashville Still Offering COVID-19 Data to First Responders
Top health officials say Thursday that Nashville will continue providing private medical data of COVID-19 patients to first responders.
Gov. Bill Lee's administration announced earlier this week that the state would soon halt providing first responders the names and addresses of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus. The state had been doing so since March after law enforcement officials said the information was vital to preventing the spread of the virus.
Lee's administration has since changed course, arguing that first responders now have more access to protective equipment and that first responders should take precautions with everyone, given that so many people with the virus are asymptomatic or present mild symptoms.
Civil liberties and community advocates have also expressed repeated concerns of potential profiling in African American and Hispanic communities that already have an uneasy relationship with law enforcement.
On Thursday, Nashville Public Health Director Dr. Michael Caldwell defended the policy, saying the patient data is a valuable tool to police officers, firefighters, EMTs and others responding to emergency calls.
“I am puzzled by why the state reversed course,” Caldwell said.
“Our policy is temporary. It is working. We have and we will continue all that we can to protect the public health workforce and our partners in a balanced and respectful approach,” he added.
Meanwhile, health officials in Shelby County — which encompasses Memphis — say they are continuing to provide first responders with addresses of COVID-19 patients, but not names.
An Associated Press review that found public officials in at least two-thirds of states are sharing the addresses of people who tested positive with first responders. A small handful of those states, including Tennessee at the time, also shared the patients’ names.
However, a county health spokeswoman said in an email that Health Department Director Alisa Haushalter “will explore further and make a decision regarding ongoing data sharing in the upcoming week.”
Nashville and Shelby County are not part of the Tennessee Department of Health's jurisdiction, which allows them to stray from the state's position.
"We have read and understand that some people are avoiding going to the doctor so their children may be missing some of the immunizations for measles or mumps or polio and so we want them to continue to come in."
CEO Katina Beard, The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center
Comprehensive Clinics are Offering Assistance in Coronavirus
State officials in Tennessee have received more than 477,000 unemployment claims since early March.
If someone has lost their health insurance, there are affordable options for their family.
The Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center has available services and funds to help both adults and children-especially for children who still need to complete immunizations.
"We have read and understand that some people are avoiding going to the doctor so their children may be missing some of the immunizations for measles or mumps or polio and so we want them to continue to come in,” CEO Katina Beard said.
Temperatures of all patients will be screened before they enter the building, and the affected people are required to have evidence of their salary or evidence of unemployment.
Meanwhile, there's been a lot of stressful situations we've all been forced to manage, especially here in Middle Tennessee.
From the aftermath of the march tornadoes to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Medical professionals say it's normal to feel it's all taken a hit on your mental health.
They say it is also possible that the lack of apparent shock can have an effect on how one feels about storm damage versus stay at home orders.
"With the pandemic, it's also a traumatic event but one you cannot physically or visually see, however you are affected by it with your emotions, because you don't understand the stress that comes behind something that you cannot put your hands on," Phycologist Dr. Cynthia Jackson, PhD, said.
As for kids, experts advise that parents should seek professional support if they find that their child is struggling with homeschooling or making sense of this whole situation.
Number of advance unemployment claims made in Tennessee for the week ending March 21: 39,096 Claims made the previous week: 2,702
The auto industry is expected to sell about 16.4 million vehicles in a scenario where the virus that causes COVID-19 is contained fast. If the coronavirus crisis continues, the market outlook will worsen: U.S. light vehicle sales could fall to 14.5 million units in 2020
As at February 29, the sales value of medical supplies in the United States has risen by 85.3 percent compared to the same period of 2019
As at March 20, the total retail sales in the United States fell by half a percent
On April 10, 1,145 workers at Bledsoe County Correctional Complex and Northwest Correctional Complex were tested. Six contract workers and 13 department staff tested positive
As of May 4, 33 sites were open for testing throughout the state and 23,000 people had been tested at these weekend drive-through sites
As of May 11, the State department of health and commercial labs have run at least 236,328 tests for the virus. At least 1,266 people have ever been hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state. 48% of confirmed cases have recovered, and 2% have died.
As of May 19, Tennessee has received more than 477,000 unemployment claims since early March.
Sen. Lamar Alexander to Self-isolate for 14 days Due to a Worker Testing Positive for Coronavirus
After a member of his staff tested positive for COVID-19, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander will self-quarantine for 14 days..
On the night of May 10, the 79-year-old Republican's office said he tested negative for COVID-19 last week and he is doing fine and has no signs of respiratory disease.
Because of his age, Alexander is among the older adults deemed to be at high risk for the coronavirus.
"After discussing this with the Senate’s attending physician, Senator Alexander, out of an abundance of caution, has decided not to return to Washington, D.C., and will self-quarantine in Tennessee for 14 days," said David Clear, Alexander's chief of staff, in the statement.
Little information about the staffer who tested positive has been released, but the senator's office said that person is recovering and doing well.
After his self-quarantine Alexander will continue to monitor the meeting of the Senate health committee.
The news of the Senator's self-isolation comes days after a successful COVID-19 test by Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary. The White House has refuted claims on May 10 that Pence isolated himself.
The White House also reported on May 10 a number of new measures to ensure the health of the president and his staff after two administration aides tested positive for the coronavirus.
President Donald Trump and Pence will undergo daily tests for the virus, as will any member of staff close to them. White House visitors will be screened, workspaces will be routinely thoroughly cleaned, and workers will follow guidelines for social distancing, undergo routine temperature controls, and review their symptom history, White House spokesman Judd Deere said on May 10.