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Trends suggest a spike in Tennessee COVID-19 deaths during November

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — There are ominous signs Tennessee could see a spike in COVID-19 deaths in November.

State health officials reported 75 virus related deaths Tuesday. An all-time high 78 deaths were reported this past Friday.

Perhaps even more troubling, a record high 1537 Tennesseans were hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications as of Tuesday. That’s a 12 percent increase in the past week, up 78 percent in the last month.

State Health Commissioner Lisa Pearcey has noted repeatedly that virus deaths are a so-called “lagging indicator” following increased hospitalizations by seven to 21 days.

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