Texas becomes biggest US state to lift COVID-19 mask mandate

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  Florida nurse returns home after being paralyzed from rare COVID-19-related infection

  State could get 54k J&J vaccines, city ramps up to 50k doses given a week

  Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

Daily Report: Arkansas Dept. of Health monitoring COVID-19

Gov. Reeves axes mandate for masks in Mississippi; replaced with ‘recommendations’

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  TDH believes misleading expiration dates on vaccine cards could be due to clerical error

  CDC to release guidance for people vaccinated against COVID

  Tennessee moving to vaccine phase 1C next week; here’s who becomes eligible

  TDH: Over 13,000 active COVID-19 cases in Tennessee

  3rd vaccine rolls out, new boosters being developed

  COVID-19 in Mississippi: 301 new cases reported Tues.

  COVID-19 pandemic fuels attacks on health workers globally

A new report by the Geneva-based Insecurity Insight and the University of California, Berkeley’s Human Rights Center identified more than 1,100 threats or acts of violence against health care workers and facilities last year.

  ‘It’s truly a miracle’: Man, 25, with COVID-19 survives near-death 3 times

Doctors say the young man's case should serve as a warning. He had no pre-existing health concerns but suffered serious complications from COVID-19.

  Tennessee used military might to help City of Memphis vaccine program

New information about the COVID-19 vaccine that went to waste in Shelby County is slowly coming to light, as well as what it means for those who’ve gotten vaccinated.

  Clinical trial participants may be first to receive Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Memphis

Monday FedEx trucks picked up the Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the McKesson’s Olive Branch Facility.

  Twitter cracks down on COVID vaccine misinformation

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

  Investigators: What if the state says you received expired COVID-19 vaccine dose?

  City of Memphis prepares for influx of vaccine as another shot comes on the market

  Archdiocese calls J&J vaccine ‘morally corrupt’ for use of abortion cells

  States easing virus restrictions despite experts’ warnings

  Watch for vaccination sign-up scams

Federal regulators warn more consumers will soon hear from crooks calling about vaccines while impersonating an insurance company or health department.

  Shelby County Government begins search for new health director

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris says he’s looking for someone who can lead the health department and meet this unique and challenging moment.

  TDH: 600+ new cases reported in Tennessee

The Shelby Co. Health Department has reported 135 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 88,111 coronavirus cases have been reported and nearly 1,500 deaths.

City of Memphis opens appointments for 2nd dose Moderna shots

Appointments are now open for Monday, March 8, the City of Memphis announced.

  Why you should consider the Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose shot was given the green light over the weekend, but some health experts worry Americans may turn up their noses at this latest vaccine.

  FedEx starts shipping third approved COVID-19 vaccine

FedEx is making history, again. The shipping giant has started shipping the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine on behalf of McKesson Corp.

  Nearly 4M doses of J&J virus vaccine on way to states

The White House is encouraging Americans to take the first dose available to them, regardless of manufacturer.

  Elderly couple who found love during COVID-19 get vaccinated before wedding

In the midst of a tough winter, the love between two 94-year-olds in New York blossomed, and they recently became engaged.

  What Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill means for the Mid-South

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a $1.9 trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill, aimed at helping millions of Americans.

  TDH: Over 1,000 active cases reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

  Pharmacist drives through snow to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to disabled woman, family

For five weeks, the mother of a disabled woman in Pennsylvania searched for a vaccine appointment, reaching out to state and local leaders with no luck.

  City of Memphis takes over vaccination distribution, 30,000 online appointments available

Mayor Strickland said the city promises to continue being more transparent in its reporting of vaccine distribution.

  J&J’s 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

  Over 3,000 vaccine doses administered to Shelby County educators

Early Friday morning Memphis Fire Department delivered about 3,000 vaccine doses to school districts across the county.

  TDH: 1,374 cases, 16 COVID-19 deaths reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

  Tennessee lifting nursing home visitation restrictions Sunday

On Sunday, the State of Tennessee will lift its visitation restrictions at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

  Mo. girl finds parents dead in bed reportedly from COVID-19

St. Louis County police say the 11-year-old made the discovery on Thursday.

  Mayor Strickland ‘proud’ of city’s progress in vaccine distribution takeover

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland shared some updates Friday about the city’s COVID-19 vaccine takeover that he says he’s proud to announce.

  Plunging demand for COVID-19 tests may leave US exposed

U.S. testing hit a peak on Jan. 15. Since then, the average number of daily tests has fallen more than 28%.

  County Commissioners express concerns with latest Shelby County vaccine loss, investigation

Mayor Lee Harris answered a tough round of questions from Shelby County commissioners and the media about vaccine distribution.

  Timeline of Shelby County vaccine concerns

The results of the state of Tennessee’s month-long investigation into the mismanagement of vaccine distribution in Shelby County are shocking.

  Vaccinations at Pipkin Building said to be going smoother under direction of City of Memphis

Word about a state and federal investigation into the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Shelby County spread quickly.

  The Investigators: State investigating if Shelby County residents received expired COVID-19 vaccine doses

While former Shelby County Health Department Director Alisia Haushalter said Thursday that no one received expired doses in Shelby County, the Tennessee Department of Health said it is investigating.

  US advisers endorse single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from J&J

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to quickly follow the recommendation and make J&J’s shot the third vaccine authorized for emergency use in the U.S.

City of Memphis now accepting vaccine appointments for next week

The City of Memphis is now accepting COVID-19 vaccine appointments for the week of March 1.

  Director of Shelby County Health Dept. resigns amid investigation into vaccine mismanagement

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said Friday the director of the Shelby County Health Department has submitted her resignation as the county is investigated over reports of vaccine waste, potential vaccine theft and improper vaccinations of children.

  Arkansas truck driver making delivery to Shreveport ends up on ECMO machine for 30+ days

Chane Wells says the last thing he remembers is being brought into Willis-Knighton Pierremont on his stomach, someone taking his work boots off when he got to his room, and him seeing his black socks.

TDH: Over 1,500 new cases reported in Tennessee

According to the health department, Shelby County went from 6.5 percent last week to 7 percent this week. The rate peaked the last week of December at 17.8 percent.

Hundreds of inmates, detainees recover from COVID-19 in Shelby Co.

Many inmates, detainees, and employees have recovered from COVID-19 in Shelby Co.

Arkansas Gov. extending public health emergency another month; mask mandate could end if criteria is met

Hutchinson also announced that on March 31, the statewide mask mandate would end, as long as certain public health goals are obtained.

US loosens Pfizer vaccine shipping regulations

U.S. regulators are allowing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be shipped and stored at less-frigid temperatures, which should ease distribution and administration of one of the two vaccines authorized for emergency use in the country.

  City of Memphis releases vaccine distribution plan

The City of Memphis officially took over the responsibility of distributing the vaccine Wednesday morning.

  CDC on the way to Shelby County, in contact about wasted and unused doses

The CDC said Thursday that it is aware of reports of COVID-19 vaccine wastage in Shelby County and has spoken with public health officials in the county and state.

  Amid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the US

Flu has virtually disappeared from the U.S., with reports coming in at far lower levels than anything seen in decades.

  Tennessee U.S. lawmakers respond to SCHD vaccine waste investigation

One university professor thinks a federal investigation is unlikely.

  Understanding post-COVID syndrome

A new study suggests even in mild cases, some folks may feel symptoms months later. The condition is known as post-COVID syndrome.

  Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

On Thursday, Biden marked the administration of the 50 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine since his swearing-in.

  City of Memphis holding pop-up vaccine events this weekend; make your appointment here

Vaccine appointments are available on the City of Memphis’ new vaccination appointment site.

  CDC launches website to help find nearby COVID-19 vaccine providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new search tool for COVID-19 vaccines.

  TDH: Nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department reported 220 new COVID-19 cases Thursday with 19 new deaths.

Mississippi Blvd Church now a vax site for members, friends and family

Mississippi Blvd Church is partnering with Methodist Healthcare to become a COVID-19 vaccine site.

  Military begins delivering vaccines in Texas, New York

The U.S. military on Wednesday began delivering shots at coronavirus vaccination centers in Texas and New York and announced that service members will start staffing four centers in Florida and one in Philadelphia next week.

  State blasts Shelby Co. over vaccine mishandling

State health officials announced they discovered a stockpile of 52,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which was about 30,000 too many.

Accountant explains how to file taxes if you received unemployment benefits

If you received unemployment benefits, you might be wondering how to properly file your taxes. An accountant says if your situation is complex, seek the help of a professional.

Country music star Trisha Yearwood tests positive for COVID-19

Country music superstar Trisha Yearwood has tested positive for COVID-19 following a positive test by a member of her and husband Garth Brooks’ team, according to a representative for the duo.

  State says Shelby County’s stockpiling of vaccines “another significant violation” of vaccine management

It was the pharmacist’s job to take inventory and to track all of the vaccines but access to the pharmacy during the winter storm was limited.

  FDA says single-dose shot from J&J prevents severe COVID

The report Wednesday confirmed that overall the vaccine is about 66% effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19.

  City of Memphis in charge of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Some things may change in the coming weeks as vaccine distribution is put into the City of Memphis’ hands.

  Mass vaccinations begin for teachers at Shelby County Schools

The plan is for SCS to give 2,000 shots each day through Friday.

Tennessee governor ‘disappointed’ in Shelby County vaccine waste

“We are disappointed in what’s happened in Shelby County, but we swiftly took action as soon as we knew there was an issue,” said Lee.

  Teachers, first responders and law enforcement employees now eligible for vaccine in MS

Teachers, first responders and law enforcement employees are now eligible to sign up for the vaccine.

  Shelby County Health Dept. officials discuss state investigation into vaccine waste

SCHD Director Dr. Alisa Haushalter spoke to members of the media Wednesday during a virtual news conference, saying she discovered the vaccine waste and doses nearing expiration when preparing for inclement weather.

  States pass their own virus aid, not waiting on Washington

Maryland and California recently approved help for small businesses, the poor, the jobless and those needing child care.

  TDH: 1,631 new COVID-19 cases across Tennessee

The Shelby County Health Department reported 141 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday with zero new deaths.

Kroger to administer COVID-19 vaccine at 115 pharmacies across Tennessee

Kroger Health has received a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine through its partnership with the Federal Retail Pharmacy Partnership.

  Combined flu, COVID-19 vaccine possible in future, UK virologist says

Wendy Barclay, the head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, told UK lawmakers Wednesday that a combination vaccine is the most likely scenario in the coming years.

Reeves announces 30k new first-dose COVID-19 vaccination appointments

Gov. Reeves announces 30k new first-dose appointments.

  City of Memphis takes over vaccine distribution

The city also plans to have a newly developed sign-up system in the next 2 to 3 weeks.