COVID-19 surge slowing in Madison County, officials say
JACKSON, Tenn. — “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,” Amy Garner, Chief Compliance and Communications Officer for West Tennessee Healthcare, said Wednesday during a weekly COVID-19 press conference.
Health, government, and school leaders in Jackson/Madison County are seeing the COVID-19 delta surge flatten out.
West Tennessee Healthcare reports 103 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital as of Wednesday morning. Of those, 22 are on ventilators and 30 are in the ICU.
“Normally, hospitalizations and deaths lag behind the cases, but we’re already starting to see those numbers go down or at least a plateau. And that’s taking some stress off of our healthcare system,” Garner said.
The Jackson-Madison County Regional Health Department reports there are approximately 1,600 active COVID-19 cases in the county, compared to over 2,000 active cases just last week.
Regional Director Kim Tedford says this decline is due to both the number of people who have been vaccinated, and the people that were previously infected now having natural antibodies.
“We anticipated that we probably would see a surge after Labor Day, [but this] tells me that hopefully people followed the guidance that we were giving, and were a little restrained in their Labor Day celebrations,” Tedford said.
The Jackson-Madison County School System has seen their numbers of isolated and quarantined students decrease as well.
Now city and county leaders have concern for the next threat: flu season.
Health officials still advise you to get get your COVID-19 vaccine, as well as your flu vaccine as soon as possible. Plus, there is no waiting period in between, meaning you can get them at the same time if you would like.
“Last flu season the flu was pretty much non-existent,” Tedford said. “As far as the numbers that we normally saw during a flu season. But we can attribute that to the precautions that people were taking.”
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