Tennessee on the Way to Break COVID-19 Records
January 07, 2021
An article released by U.S. News on December 16 titled "Tennessee Hovers Near Highest Rate of New COVID-19 Cases
" reports that hospitals are close to the brink now that Tennessee is among the top two states recording new coronavirus cases per capita with 1,369 new cases per 100,000 people.
Neighboring states are facing similar problems, and this has prompted extreme measures when options for transferring patients to nearby facilities run thin. "We've now had to look at sending people home with oxygen instead of admitting them to the hospital because we don't have anywhere to put these patients, unfortunately," says Sumner County's physician, Dr. Laura Lyons. Lyons states that Tennessee, Kentucky, and northern Alabama all suffer from a shortage of beds, with critically ill patients having to wait up to ten hours before getting an intensive care unit bed.
Tennessee is among the twelve states currently not enforcing a mask mandate in the US. For many health officials, this lack of safety policies has taken a toll on the state's ability to stop a surge of new cases, and the numbers seem to agree with this assessment.
Daily COVID-19 cases spiked from 4,904 to 8,304 during the first week of December. A Vanderbilt University study showed that death rates are much higher in counties where mask-wearing is optional, while many rural regions are recording more cases than larger counties where masks are mandatory. Gov. Bill Lee has responded to doctors' pleas stating that mask-wearing is a matter of personal responsibility.
There are 56,500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine destined to the state, primarily to its frontline doctors and other hospital employees.
You can read the full article here: Tennessee Hovers Near Highest Rate of New COVID-19 Cases