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Mounting evidence suggests worst of Tennessee pandemic still to come

Tenn. Dept. of Health

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne) — There is ample evidence now that the worst of Tennessee’s pandemic still lies ahead.

The state on Monday reported a record high 5919 new infections in 24 hours. It’s the second time the state has recorded more than 5,000 new cases in a single day in the past week.

Also on Monday, Health officials reported an all-time high 1634 Tennesseans currently being treated in hospitals for COVID-19 complications. Some 450 state residents are currently in ICU, with more than 200 on ventilators.

In addition, every county in the Greater Nashville area is on course to reach record highs for new infections by week’s end. 

There is some hopeful pandemic news to report. Tennessee Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey told reporters on Monday the state now has a plan in place to quickly distribute COVID-19 vaccines once they are made available. WTVF quotes Dr. Piercey saying the state could have vaccine supplies in the hands of practitioners statewide in as little as 24 to 48 hours.

Federal officials say a promising vaccine produced by Pfizer could be ready for distribution next month. However, supplies of the vaccine will initially be limited. Health care workers and first responders will likely be prioritized to receive the first inoculations.

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