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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pushing for some Tennessee counties to reinstate masking as reports of COVID-19 numbers are rising in those areas.
CDC data categorizes areas as high, medium, or low based on how quickly reports state that COVID-19 numbers are increasing. A county is classified as “high” if 200 new cases per 100,000 people have been reported within the last seven days.
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They list twenty-three counties in Tennessee as “high” risk. The majority of these counties are found in West and Middle Tennessee, but a few East Tennessee counties made their list as well.
Seven counties in Middle Tennessee are listed on that “high” risk list. The CDC lists Benton, Davidson, Decatur, Henry, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson counties in that category.
CDC officials are now saying residents of those counties should mask up, whether they have been vaccinated or not. They are also pushing individuals to get vaccinated or update with boosters and are recommending that individuals be prepared to rapid test as needed and follow previously issued quarantine guidelines if they are exposed or test positive for COVID-19.
The Tennessee Department of Health says Tennessee’s rate of positivity at 28% and says that the state had nearly 3,000 documented cases, 12 deaths per day, and 6 hospitalizations per day from COVID in the week of July 10-16.
The Tennessee Valley Authority recently reinstated masking requirements for their employees after Hamilton County was upgraded to a high-risk county. According to TVA Public Information Officer Jim Hopson, they follow federal guidelines because they are a federal agency. They are requiring that employees wear masks, regardless of vaccination status.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com