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NASHVILLE (January 11) — COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise in the tri-county area, the state, and the United States. Deaths in Tennessee rose almost 10 percent in one week as the country’s pandemic accelerates in cases and deaths.
According to information from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee has 653,869 total cases of COVID-19 infections since late January 2020, 7,785 deaths (+760 since last week), which is approximately a 10 percent increase) and 3,085 hospitalized.
Carroll County reported 2,943 total cases in the year 2020-21, that’s (+191 since last week), 56 dead (+4 since last week), 59 hospitalized (+1 since last week). Carroll County has not implemented a mask mandate.
Henry County reported 2,487 total cases (+119 since last week), 48 dead, 57 hospitalized (+1 since last week). Henry County Medical Center indicates it is at capacity with its hospital beds, reserving only a few for maturity and emergency situations.
Weakley County reported 3,3321 total cases (+158 since last week), 47 dead (+4 since last week), 49 hospitalized (+0 since last week). Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum extended the county’s mask mandate until 11:59 p.m. on February 27, 2021.
According to Census.gov, the United States’ population is approximately 331 million people; to date 375,239 have died from COVID-19 in the United States. That is approximately 1 in 1,000 people.
The United States currently has 22,516,032 and 375,239 deaths (+25,575 since last week).
According to John Hospkins University, there are 90,673,898 (83,910,386 last week) total cases and 1,940,321 total deaths (+100,661) deaths.
COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 1-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Fever or chills; Cough; Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; Fatigue; Muscle or body aches; Headache; New loss of taste or smell; Sore throat; Congestion or runny nose; Nausea or vomiting; and/or Diarrhea.
How Do mRNA Vaccines Work?
The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are “messenger RNA” vaccines. These COVID-19 vaccines work by giving your body the recipe to make the spike protein that is on the outside of the coronavirus. When your body sees that protein, it will produce protective antibodies to it. Later, if the body sees the real virus, it will remember seeing that protein and destroy the virus before it has a chance to make you sick. It is not possible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine. The vaccine does not contain the virus.
For more information, visit https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html.