Health Care workers are cautiously optimistic about the status of Covid-19 in Madison County


“I think I finally after several weeks of giving you bad news. I think I finally have a little light at the end of the tunnel to share with you. We have five-hundred twenty-two patients in Jackson-madison county general this morning, but our covid positive cases patient numbers are down this week,” says Amy Garner of West Tennessee Healthcare.

She went on to share the details of covid patients at Jackson-Madison General hospital,

“We are down to one-hundred and three patients with about thirty of those being in an ICU bed… twenty-two of those patients that are on a ventilator.”

Covid cases are also dropping in all of Madison county.

“I’ve got some good news I think, knock on wood, we’ve seen a plateauing of the new case numbers since Saturday…our seven-day average… is about seventy new cases a day, I think last Wednesday when we did our briefing, we were sitting at an average of about ninety-seven cases so you can see that drop,” says Jackson-madison county health department director Kim Tedford.

Tedford hopes positive cases continue to drop, but while covid cases decline we may still see high numbers of deaths and hospitalizations. Tedford says that's because those numbers usually lag behind positive Covid cases.

Local offices and health experts are also encouraged to see the number of vaccinations on the rise. More than fifty-one percent of madison county's population is now fully vaccinated,

Tedford says, "while we’re proud of that statistic, we still want to continue to see those numbers rise. We’re not where we need to be.”

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