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tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Early voting begins Wednesday in Tennessee for the Nov. 3 election.

Eligible Tennessee residents can vote Monday through Saturday through Thursday, Oct. 29.

Voters can find information about early voting and Election Day voting locations by using the GoVoteTN app or by going on GoVoteTN.com.

hcahealthcare.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s largest publicly traded company plans to return $6 billion in pandemic relief aid to the federal government.

Nashville based Hospital Corporation of America said in a press release October 8, that it’s learned how to operate within its budget in spite of the health crisis and no longer needs the federal assistance.

ccf.georgetown.edu

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  A troubling new report released last week shows the number of Tennessee children without health insurance was expanding even before the pandemic began.

The study was conducted by the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

Researchers used census data to determine that roughly 80,000 Tennessee children lacked health insurance in 2019. That was an increase of 38 percent over the previous four years.

cdc.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s battle with COVID-19 is not off to a promising start in October.

Health officials report just over 18,000 state residents currently have active infections. That’s the largest number of active cases Tennessee has reported since the first of July.

The new infections count rose 27 percent in the past seven days alone.

The number of COVID-19 deaths has risen for the past three weeks. A total of 198 state residents died of virus related complications during the week ending Saturday.

WMOT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Tennessee’s coronavirus metrics have trended largely in a positive direction in recent weeks, but that may now be changing.

Officials on Thursday reported 63 virus related deaths statewide. That’s a grim new single day record for Tennessee.

The number of new infections reported by the state each day is also up sharply.

The weekly average of new cases as reported this past Sunday stood at roughly 1200 new infections every 24 hours. Just four days later that average was up more than 540 cases per day.

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