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Widely cited research predicts 5,000 additional Tennessee dead in next 100 days

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Researchers at the University of Washington predict Tennessee could see another 5,000 dead due to COVID-19 complications in the next 100 days.

The university’s projections have been widely cited by both state and federal officials since the health crisis began. They’ve also proved remarkably accurate.

Back in early September, researchers predicted just over 6,000 Tennessee fatalities by the 21st of December. As of that date, 6,071 Tennesseans were reported dead as a result of the virus.

The UW projections suggest the state could suffer more than a thousand fewer deaths if a mask mandate was imposed. In a statewide address Sunday night, Gov. Bill Lee again declined to add that restriction. 

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