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Health officials urge people under 40 to take COVID-19 serious

The Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department is saying the older population are not the only people who should be concerned. Nearly half of the confirmed coronavirus cases in tennessee range from newborns to 40 years old. “For anybody to say ‘I’m young, I’m healthy I can’t get this. That is absolutely not true", says Regional Director for the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, Kim Tedford. Over 18 hundred Tennesseans have tested positive for coronavirus and more than 800 of those cases are people in the younger population. “There have been a few people say, ‘I’m young, I can’t get this", adds Tedford. The cases in madison county are between the ages of 23 and 77. Nea

Local church hosts drive in service during COVID-19 pandemic

Many churches across Tennessee had to close their doors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but one local church decided to something a little different. Churches closed their doors one by one as the coronavirus spread. “And then thursday morning scott sends me a text and he says, hey let’s do drive in church", says preaching minister, Chad Ezelle. Some moved to streaming and others... Moved to their cars. Ezelle adds, “it’s a pretty easy way to get people together and still separate and people get to see each other.” Ministers at Main Street Church of Christ in Milan, Tennessee wanted to give their congregation a way to still worship while also social distancing. So they invited their member

All parks in the city of Jackson are closed

The number of coronavirus cases here in Madison County, nearly doubled over the weekend and city of jackson mayor, scott conger, says he needs everyone to take this serious. “We’ve seen from 4 cases in 2 days. That’s almost double. It’s only going to get bigger. If we say it’s not we are fooling ourselves. It’s time to stay home, it’s time to social distance", says Jackson City Mayor, Scott Conger. Madison County has more than 6 confirmed coronavirus cases. 3 new cases were confirmed this morning by private labs. “I suspect that we are going to see more and more cases here in madison county and suspect that the hospital will see more hospitalized patients that are positive", says West Tennes

Weakley County community comes together

Officials within Weakley County government offices and the school system brainstormed ideas to help health care providers and those in need in their community. They wanted to create a group of volunteers, but they did not know how to get all the volunteers in one place. “A website or a page or some type of disbursement of these volunteers, so we said absolutely social media is our thing so we said let’s start a facebook group", says Weakley County young professionals president, Whitney Stover. The Weakley County COVID-19 task force group on Facebook has nearly 700 members that talk daily about gathering supplies to take where needed. Stover adds, “we don’t know how coronavirus is going to im

Jackson's covid-19 drive through testing

I am here at the covid-19 drive through testing and what we know so far is that we have seen roughly 10 to 15 cars come through. We are not sure about how many have been tested but we do know people are showing up. Here is the latest updates and friendly reminders. The Jackson-Madison County officials are doing everything possible to keep the community updated on the latest numbers effected by the coronavirus. As of now Madison County still only has two confirmed positive patients and one is recovering well said Kim Tedford, Regional Director of the Jackson Madison Health Department. We asked how long this site will be available to the public. “At this point we don’t know we will assess I’m

Lack of hospitals in Tennessee concerns rural communities

Right behind me is a hospital, but it’s empty. Just like a dozen other hospitals across Tennessee. Beginning in 2014 rural hospitals in Tennessee started to disappear. Gibson, Haywood, Mcnairy, Fayette, Coffee, Marion, Polk, McMinn, Clay, Fentress, Knox, Hamlett, and Carroll counties have all been affected by hospital closures due to the failure to expand medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2015. “The loss of a hospital here in Brownsville, Tennessee was a major blow for our community", says city of Brownsville mayor, Williams Rawls. That is over 14 hospitals gone across the state. As coronavirus spreads residents in these towns are asking how they will get help. Most have to drive 30

Area Relief Ministries continues to provide for the homeless community amid Covid-19

Jackson has many programs, non-profit organizations and businesses dedicated to serving its community I stopped by one in particular to see what they are doing to continue to serve during this covid-19 epidemic. Area Relief Ministries is a program dedicated to serving the community of Jackson Tennessee. They provide shelter, food and everyday necessities to the homeless. Organizer says the streets of Jackson just cannot go without their service. During this scary and uncertain time, it has left them in unfortunate situations. The program coordinator gives insight on their new structure since the abruption of covid-19. Area Relief Ministries Program director, Gary Ross says, “there for we ha

Madison County has it's first confirmed COVID-19 case

The Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department confirmed it's first case of COVID-19 here in Madison County, but city and county officials do not want residents to panic. “We received notification of our first positive COVID-19 case in Madison county", says Regional director for the Jackson Madison County Regional Health Department, Kim Tedford. The Health Department announced that the patient is a 23-year old female. She traveled alone to Miami, Florida and returned feeling sick. “I don’t think this changes anything for the general public. For the general public your risks are low. Just continue to do social distancing and all the instructions that we have given previously.", adds Te

Physician Quality Care continues to see all patients amid Covid-19

“Even though the Covid-19 virus is what’s on everybody’s mind Chronic medical problems, other illnesses, accidents, workers-comp these things still go on," said Jimmy Hoppins. Physicians Quality care is adjusting their entrance policies in hopes to better serve patients needs. In its main primary care entrance, they have implemented screenings to detect how to serve their patients. “Some of the questions we asked folks are have you been out of the country for 13-30 days, also have they had persistent dry cough, have they had body aches, high fever and things of that nature," said Physicians Quality Care, Gary Pickens. Once the screening is performed, they provide 3 different segregated areas

Break down of new Executive Orders

Governor Bill Lee and City of Jackson Mayor Scott Conger both signed executive orders, which changes the way businesses run and where residents in Jackson and Tennessee can go. Governor Lee’s executive order prohibits social gatherings of more than 10 people. So, you can only order take out, or delivery service at food service restaurants. The order also closed gyms and fitness centers, but you may be able to find that your gym is doing online workouts. Mayor Conger's executive order is very similar to Lee’s with a few additions. Entertainment centers like movie theatres, nightclubs, and shopping malls have closed their doors. Just like nail shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, spas and other

PQC offering three different entrances during COVID-19 pandemic

(The following is a press relase from Physicians Quality Care.) Physicians Quality Care (PQC) opened its doors in Jackson this morning with three completely separate, self-contained clinics to isolate non-infectious primary care and occupational medicine visits, COVID-19 concerns, and other non-COVID illnesses and injuries. Each clinic has its own entrance, waiting area, and exam rooms at PQC’s Jackson location on Pleasant Plains Extended. “Our goal is to limit the spread of disease, treat the sick, and prevent exposing healthy patients to COVID-19 or other illnesses,” said Dr. Jimmy Hoppers, CEO. “The COVID-19 pandemic is serious, but we still need to treat chronic medical conditions, injur

Truck company responds to demand of items in grocery stores

Lines at the grocery stores are growing and shelves are empty. But how are trucking companies keeping up with the demand? Milan Supply Chain Solutions said they are doing what they can to help. “So, what we are doing is working with all our food and beverage shippers to make sure we are able to give them as much capacity as possible, we are running some lanes that we currently would not do", says Senior Vice President of Milan Supply Chain Solutions, David Dallas. The company works with a number of businesses to get their products from the warehouse to shelves in store. Kellogg is one company they are working with to make sure cereal and snacks make it to Walmart and Kroger. The Senior Vice

College students speak out about education changes

Businesses are closing, some asking their employees to work from home. Students in grade school and colleges and universities are also seeing some changes in the way they finish off the semester. Last week a number of colleges and universities said they would finish the spring semester online. Some students are saying that online classes are just not for them. “I like hands on, I'm better with hands on, so going online is going to be hard", says Lane College student, Kiana Rouse. Lane College was one of the many schools that decided to move to remote education after spring break, but one of the few that gave students the option to stay on campus to finish the semester. Rouse adds, “Nobody ha

Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris declares State of Emergency

Madison County Mayor, Jimmy Harris, just announced a local State of Emergency for public health. Now, although this will affect some businesses right here in Madison County, he wants everyone to know that we are all in this together. “This is a day nobody ever thought we would be facing but we are, and difficult times require difficult decisions" says Mayor Harris. In this State of Emergency for Madison County all bars and nightclubs have to close if they receive more than 50 percent of their revenue from the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption. All restaurants or other businesses that receive more than 50 percent of their revenue from food service have to limit seating to 50 percent

Local fitness facility remains open; Offers a clean space amid Covid-19

Jackson’s Atlas Fitness still has doors open to the public providing a space for your everyday physical activities. Offering daily classes, open gym and a sauna to sweat out the toxins in your body. Kirsten White, owner of the facility says she’s got rona under control. She shares just how many times things are wiped down. “Before and after workouts and of course I always come back during the mid-day and before I leave right now. I’ve got every kind of disinfection you can think about right now in the building.” White says she’s come up with a plan of action that she thinks will be most beneficial. “If you’ve traveled out of the state or you plan to travel out of the state were asking you no

Bars and nightclubs have to shut their doors, restaurants can only seat 50 percent capacity

As more information has been given from the national and state level, City of Jackson Mayor Scott Conger has amended the State of Emergency he made earlier this week to further prevent a case in the city of Jackson and Madison County. “And do hereby declare an amendment to the state of emergency as follows", says Conger. Mayor scott conger made an amendment to the state of emergency he declared Monday. This amendment includes bars and nightclubs closing their doors, pharmacies and grocery stores dedicating their first hour of business to citizens 62 and older, all city venues closing except City Hall which will have limited access, restaurants seating only at 50 percent capacity with no more

Local WIC Center introduces social distance option due to Covid-19

Jackson’s Women, Infant and Children Center better known as WIC is now offering their participants the opportunity to call in instead of having to physically be in the office for their appointments. Jackson Madison County Public information officer, Mallory Cooke, said “This is something we have done in response to covid-19 outbreak that we are having here in the united states. We want to protect our participants; we want to protect our employees and CDC is recommending social distancing.” We asked Cooke to breakdown exactly how this process would work. “Their going to be able to make an appointment, our nutritionist are going to call them back they’re actually going to get the same counseli

Local business Chandelier Cafe Offers A new service Admid Covid-19

Restaurants across the states are doing everything to adapt to the new norm due to the coronavirus. Local restaurant Chandelier begins their week today and says they have thought long and hard on how to approach business going forward. “Were going to have a lot of new policies that we haven’t had in the past," said Executive chef and manager, Jennifer Dickerson. Dickerson stressed the importance of social distancing and how they will implement this practice in their business. “Were going to be doing very limited seating in the dining room were going to adhere to the 6-10 feet apart all tables will be spread out and I’m going to limit the amount of customers at one time,"said Jennifer Dickers

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