The new health directive states if you are vaccinated or not you do not have to wear a mask in public unless a business requires it. It’s been nearly a month since the mask mandate was first loosened, and with 71 percent of adults in the county showing some sort of immunity to COVID-19, case numbers are heading in the right direction.
COVID-19 case numbers continue to go down more than three weeks after the Shelby County mask mandate was loosened. The CDC has found previously infected people are helping improve immunity rates among states, even those with lower vaccination rates.
Tennessee has reported over 900 breakthrough cases, or cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people. Recently, an outbreak at a Millington long term care facility affected a group of vaccinated staff and residents, but no serious cases were reported.
A final report has been released in an investigation that rocked the Shelby County Health Department. The Tennessee Department of Health released its final report after an investigation began in February into vaccine wastage at the county health department.