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Tennessee Sees Drastic Spike in Covid-19 Cases

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Tennessee Department of Health reports that as of July 29th, there have been around 2,558,700 Covid-19 cases, and almost 30,000 deaths.

The department of epidemiology and surveillance data saw a drastic spike in cases in mid-July.

It reports that just in Madison County, there have been almost 41,000 confirmed cases.

This means that you, or someone close to you may have been in contact with someone who could have Covid-19.

Health officials are monitoring a recent uptick in coronavirus transmissions, but report it is still too early to know how this will continue.

Hospitalizations and deaths are still low compared to the peaks in the last three years.

So, what could be causing this sudden increase in cases?

Health experts report travel has roared back from the pandemic-era lows.

The Transportation Security Administration reports that nationally, June 30th was the busiest day ever for the agency’s operations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports timing could also be another factor. It reports most people got their last Covid-19 booster shot months ago, if not longer.

The updated Covid-19 booster shot has been available since September, but the CDC reports most people have not gotten it.

The booster is meant to not only protect against the original coronavirus strain, but also the Omicron sub variants.

The CDC reports a plan to roll out a reformulated vaccine designed against the Omicron subvariant set to replace last September’s version.

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