It's been 18 months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Shelby County. While people are once gathering in large crowds for football games and festivals, new numbers show why there's still plenty of reasons to worry.
They've been a lifesaving treatment for many people infected with COVID-19, especially the unvaccinated. But a policy change by the federal government could reduce access to monoclonal antibody treatments in the Mid-South.
Between Tuesday and Wednesday Shelby County recorded another 387 cases. since March 2020 the community has seen more than 136,000 cases and nearly 2,000 deaths. Some people are still feeling the effect of the pandemic economically. Local leaders said non-profits have been there to uplift the community during this time.
Nearly two dozen schools across Tennessee have moved to temporary remote learning since school started last month. While hybrid models including remote learning are prohibited in Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Education has allowed districts to apply for temporary remote learning if COVID-19 has interrupted effective in-person learning.
Tennessee is leading the country in daily COVID-19 cases per capita. While national reports show some dipping in daily case counts, including in the Mid-South, Tennessee has seen a 12 percent increase.
Hundreds of Mid-South businesses are trying to figure out what a new vaccine rule laid out by the Biden Administration means to them. The President said a rule will be forthcoming mandating vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing for businesses with more than 100 employees.