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Tenn. COVID-19 hospital admissions average 540 patients per week over past month

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  The number of Tennesseans hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications has fallen throughout the month of August, but admissions remain distressingly high.

As of Thursday, there were 1,000 state residents being treated in hospitals statewide for coronavirus; about 330 are in ICU’s, with half of those on a ventilator. That’s down 16 percent from the all-time high in late July.

However, more than 500 new COVID-19 patients have been admitted to Tennessee hospitals in each of the past four weeks. That’s more than twice the number of weekly admissions being reported when Gov. Bill Lee canceled the statewide lockdown at the end of April.

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